Senior Levi Lewis is the sole Louisiana player named to the Manning Award Preseason Watch List last week, the third preseason watch list to which the Louisiana Lafayette quarterback has been named to.
Lewis has also been listed on the Davey O’Brien Award Preseason Watch List and the Maxwell Award Preseason Watch List, making him one of 21 quarterbacks to be named to all three.
The Baton Rouge native, who started in all 14 games for the Cajuns last season, threw for 3,050 yards and 26 touchdowns, both of which were single-season school records.
In last year’s season, Lewis completed 268 of his 413 passes for a single-season record for highest completion percentage with the Ragin’ Cajuns. His consistency is what sets him apart from his competition day in and day out as he only threw for four interceptions as well — the least amount of interceptions for any Sun Belt quarterback.
Lewis also has the ability to escape the pocket using his mobility to his advantage, as he rushed for almost 200 yards and three touchdowns last season as well. The work that Lewis has put in throwing the football has become very evident as his accuracy is becoming more distinct.
As Lewis enters his final season of eligibility, he ranks ninth all-time in passing yards with 4,012 and fourth in total passing touchdowns with 35.
With Lewis, the Cajuns know that they have a true leader at the quarterback position and someone they can count on consistently.
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that also takes into account the candidates’ bowl performances in selecting its winner.
30 quarterbacks are selected to this preseason award and it’s one of the most coveted awards any signal-caller can earn.
Lewis is a name many college football fans better get used to hearing as last season was just a wakeup call. Now in his final season of eligibility, Lewis is set to put on a performance game in and game out for the Cajuns and lead them to victory. The Ragin’ Cajuns are set to kick off Saturday, September 12 against the Iowa State Cyclones in Ames, Iowa.