PHILADELPHIA-- Senior running back Stephan Lewis (Coatesville, Pa.) of the University of New Hampshire football team was named a Second-Team Preseason All-American by The Sports Network on Tuesday morning.
Lewis, who earned second-team All-America honors from The Sports Network for his efforts after last season, joined six other Atlantic 10 players who were honored today on the first and second squads.
A top 16 finalist for the Walter Payton Award in 2001, Lewis finished among the nation's top performers in rushing, all-purpose yardage and scoring. Lewis, who carried the football 249 times for a career-best 1,390 yards last season, has averaged over 1,000 yards on the ground over the past two campaigns (1,171.5 yards per season). His most eye-popping numbers, however, come in the category of all-purpose yards, where he averaged 217.1 ypg., including 126.4 ypg. on the ground, 47.9 ypg. as a receiver, and 471 yards in kickoff returns (23.5 yards per return).
His list of honors and awards was impressive. In addition to being named a top 16 finalist for the Walter Payton Award by "The Sports Network", that same organization named him the National Player Of The Week twice for his outstanding efforts in victories over Hampton and Massachusetts. Against the Pirates, Lewis led UNH to victory by rushing 36 times for 248 yards and an amazing career-high of five rushing touchdowns on the ground, including a 52-yarder. He also made four catches for 33 yards in the contest and had a return for 6 yards to give him 287 all-purpose yards in the 45-29 victory. Against the Minutemen, he ran with the football 25 times for a career-high 258 yards and three TDs, caught the ball four times for 94 yards with one TD, and he returned a kickoff for 12 yards to give him 364 all-purpose yards in the 35-24 Atlantic 10 conference victory. He scored four of his five TDs in the second half of the contest to help UNH recover from a 17-6 halftime deficit. Lewis was named Second-Team All-Atlantic 10 and First-Team All-New England for his efforts last season.