Towson DB Lewis named CAA Defensive Player of the Week

October 21, 2013 | WNST Staff


Lewis Led Tigers To 44-17 Win Over Albany

RICHMOND, Va. – Sophomore defensive back Donnell Lewis (Woodside H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) of Towson University has  been named as the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Tigers’ 44-17 victory over Albany, it has been announced by CAA officials.

Lewis is the second Tiger to be named as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week this season. Two weeks ago, senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) was honored after the Tigers’ victory over New Hampshire.

In the Tigers’ victory over Albany, Lewis led the Tigers’ defensive effort. He made seven tackles, including two for lost yardage. He also broke up a pass and made one of the biggest plays of the game.

With 8:48 left in the second quarter, Lewis intercepted a pass at the Albany 38-yard line. He avoided a number of Great Danes and ran down the far sideline to score a touchdown. His touchdown gave the Tigers a 17-7 lead that they extended to 24-7 a few minutes later.

It was Lewis’ first interception of the season. However, it was his second touchdown of the season on a return. In the Tigers’ 35-21 victory at Stony Brook in September, Lewis recovered a fumble and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown that clinched the Tigers’ win.

A versatile defensive back who has seen action at safety and cornerback, Lewis has started five of eight games for the Tigers. He is tied for fourth on the team with 43 tackles and has broken up six passes. He is also tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles and has two fumble recoveries.

Lewis ranks fifth in the CAA in pass breakups and is tied for the CAA lead with two fumble recoveries.

The Tigers, who are 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the CAA, return to action on Saturday when they travel to Richmond to face the Spiders in a CAA game at 12 noon. The game will be televised on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic.

To date, Towson has had three CAA Offensive Player of the Week award winners and two CAA Defensive Player of the Week winners. The Tigers have also had one CAA Rookie of the Week and one CAA Special Teams Player of the Week.