Six months into the new year, most people abandon their New Year’s resolutions such as going to the gym, eating better or reading more, but Louisiana quarterback Levi Lewis is fighting toward his New Year’s resolution every day—to stay ahead of the curve.
A Baton Rouge native and Scotlandville alumnus, Lewis has been playing quarterback for the majority of his career. Known for his sharp thinking and dual-threat skills, Lewis credits his first flag football coach, who was a woman, for his ability to make the smart plays and do what is right. He has not abandoned that foundation during his time with the Ragin’ Cajuns.
In the previous season, Lewis played in a two-quarterback system, something that a lot of spectators criticized coach Napier for implementing in his first year, and most felt that Lewis got the short end of the stick since he did not take most of the snaps under center.
Lewis was asked how he felt about the situation last season, and he answered in a genuine and confident tone.
“I went into it wanting to be the number one guy, but you have to stay positive,” Lewis said. “If I would’ve gone into it like I’m not the number one guy, I don’t want to do this, I could’ve easily told coach, but I looked at it as an opportunity to find my break out point.”
The 5-foot-11-inch quarterback is often criticized for his height, but he doesn’t let that distract him. The man of few words would rather let his plays speak for him than him defending himself.
His actions spoke for him in the recent spring game for the Ragin' Cajuns. Coach Napier had high praise for the quarterback and sees nothing but improvement.
“He’s improved as a passer,” Napier said. “That’s what stood out to me, not only accuracy, but decision-making. He’s got plenty of arm. There’s no question he’s ready to lead. There’s no doubt he’s the leader in the clubhouse and he’s really firmed up to that spot.”
Lewis, known for his physical, rather than vocal, leadership, said he learned a lot last season being able to observe and get better, and he thinks his height shouldn’t be in the conversation anymore.
“Height doesn’t matter; you eliminate height when you know what you are doing and are four steps ahead of what the defense is doing and being decisive,” he said. “I don’t think being short is a problem. It works in my advantage. Some of my defense guys often call me sniper because I can see them before they see me.”
The explosive style and sniper passing from Lewis complement his positive mindset and faith in his abilities. His style stems from him being surrounded by impactful people such as his family.
Lewis prides himself on his character and ability to stand out.
“God surrounding me by good people, I feel when you pray for things like that you have no choice but to be surrounded by that,” he said. “And me wanting to be different, not like the crowd and wanting to be myself, to be authentic,” he said.
Ready for the competition, Lewis said he is not focused on others, but solely on his improvement as a player. His acute preparation is the deciding factor for his separation in competition from good to elite.
Levi Lewis adds he has no doubt he was meant to be in this position.
“I lose focus if I am worried about other competition,” he says. “When it’s time, I have to be worried about me; I have to be able to produce. The only thing I can think of is getting my mind ready and playing the cards I’m dealt. For whatever happens, I will be ready, and whatever I go through I will get through it. I am fighting against myself, I’m fighting to get better every day. It’s a constant battle to get better every day”
Lewis has a mantra he relies on to fuel this motivation to get better: Proverbs 3: 5-6. It reads, “Lean not on your own understanding and trust in Him with all your heart.”
Lewis said he understands the road is not easy. Instead of letting the unknown get to him, he embraces it with his commitment to the Ragin' Cajuns program.
Lewis is ready for the season to start, so he can contribute to the expected success of the team. Asked to describe himself in one word, the reserved quarterback couldn’t come up with just one adjective. Instead, he felt it would be better if someone else described him.
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns quarterback can be described as two things: humble and hungry.