UCLA - Jermaine figures to battle with junior DeShaun Foster for playing time this season...An elusive, up-the-field runner who runs with a low pad level and has good moves ...Catches the ball well out of the backfield...Very dangerous in the open field because of his speed and quickness...One of the most experienced and durable backs in the Pac-10 Conference.
1999 - The dependable Lewis ranked second on the squad with 216 rushing yards on 63 attempts as a junior...He was at his best in the season opener against Boise State, rushing for 45 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries...He led the Bruins with 42 yards on seven attempts against Oregon State...He also rushed for 36 yards (eight attempts) against Oregon and his 13-yard run was UCLA’s longest of the night...He added 26 yards (eight attempts) versus Fresno State...Ranked sixth on the squad with 10 receptions for 93 yards...In the Oregon game, he also made three receptions for 27 yards and made two catches for 41 yards at Oregon State...He appeared in all 11 games (no starts) and played at least 20 offensive snaps on six occasions, including 30 at Oregon State, 28 against Fresno State, 25 versus Oregon and 24 at Ohio State...He also averaged 19.7 yards on six kickoff returns...Named winner of UCLA’s Tommy Prothro Award for Outstanding Special Teams Player.
1998 - Lewis concluded the season as the team’s second-leading rusher with a career-high 553 yards and averaged 4.3 yards per attempt...He rushed for at least 45 yards in six games and led the team in rushing five times...He led the Bruins with 13 touchdowns, a total exceeded only seven times in school history...In the regular season, Lewis ranked eighth in the Pac-10 in scoring (6.60) and eighth in rushing (50.3)...Lewis started nine of 12 games – the first three and the last six – and played at least 40 snaps three times (42 against Texas and Cal and 41 at Houston)...On Sept. 19, he ran into the Houston end zone four times to tie the UCLA school record for rushing touchdowns and total TDs in a game...Both records are held by several athletes...The last Bruin to score four TDs prior to Lewis was Skip Hicks (1997 vs. Washington)...Hicks was also the last Bruin to rush for four touchdowns (1997 against Arizona)...The following week against Washington State, Lewis added two more rushing scores and finished with 94 yards on 15 carries, his second-highest total of the year...After missing the Arizona game for violating team rules, he returned to the tailback rotation against Oregon and scored his ninth touchdown of the year to tie the game at 31-all with 10:13 remaining in regulation...At California, Lewis led the Bruins with 60 yards rushing...He rushed for one score and threw a 30-yard scoring pass to Jon Dubravac for the final Bruin tally of the day...Against Stanford, Lewis left the game on UCLA’s second possession with a bruised right calf and did not return to the contest...He added 31 yards on 12 attempts at Oregon State and went for 36 yards on 10 attempts at Washington with a two-yard TD run to give the Bruins a lead they would not relinquish...It was his 11th touchdown of the year...In the Pac-10 finale against USC, he was the team’s second-leading rusher with 47 yards on just nine attempts, including a run of 24 yards, his longest of the year...He added 38 yards on nine carries at Miami...In the Rose Bowl, Lewis led the Bruins in rushing with 50 yards on 10 attempts, including a 10-yard touchdown...He also made two receptions for 37 yards, including a 38-yard catch-and-run for the Bruins’ first touchdown...Lewis totaled a career-best 113 yards on 22 carries and a pair of scores in the season opener against Texas.
1997 - Lewis enjoyed a very productive freshman season...Offensive winner of UCLA’s John Boncheff, Jr. Memorial Award for Rookie of the Year...Concluded the year as the team’s second-leading rusher with 282 yards and a 5.0 average...Rushed for a season-high 75 yards on 10 carries against Oregon, splitting time with Keith Brown in the second half due to Skip Hicks’ knee injury...He ran for 45 yards on six tries against Washington and led the team with 41 yards and one touchdown against Houston...His 33-yard run versus Washington is the longest of his career and he had a 26-yarder versus Houston...He appeared in 10 of 12 games on offense, playing at least 10 snaps seven times, including 19 versus Oregon State, 18 at USC and 17 at Oregon...He also led the team with 14 kickoff returns for 294 yards (21.0 average) and averaged 9.3 yards on four receptions...His 31-yard kickoff return against Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl was his longest of the year, as was his 36-yard reception versus Oregon State.
1996 - Did not see action with the varsity.
HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered four years in high school for coach Brent Newcomb at Antelope Valley High in Lancaster, CA...BlueChips Illustrated All-American and rated as the No. 11 running back in the West as a senior...Named to the SuperPrep All-Far West team...Named first-team All-State and All-West Coast by Cal-Hi Sports...Selected to play in the Texas-California High School All-Star Classic...Selected to the CIF All-Southern Section team...Chosen Division II co-Player of the Year as a senior and All-Division II three times...Daily News Valley Player of the Year... Named Golden League Player of the Year as both a junior and senior while his team won league championships both seasons...Also earned All-State accolades as a sophomore and junior...Team was ranked fifth in the state as a senior and fourth as a junior... Rushed for 2,574 yards (9.8 average per carry) to rank No. 2 in the state of California as a senior while scoring 35 touchdowns...Ran for 268 yards and a couple of touchdowns in ’95 CIF Southern Section Division II title game loss versus Hart High...Finished his career with 5,636 yards on the ground and 7.4 yards per carry average... Caught 21 passes for 253 yards in his career...Set school records with a 98-yard run from scrimmage; 353 yards rushing in a game; 5,636 career yards rushing; 2,574 yards rushing in a season; 35 touchdowns in a season; 80 touchdowns in a career ...Rushed for 1,394 yards as a junior and scored 24 touchdowns and added 1,652 yards and 21 touchdowns as a sophomore...Lettered four years in track and two in basketball.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Jermaine Michael Lewis...Parents: Michael Lewis and Jackie Walters...Born: August 17, 1977 in Madrid, Spain...Has two brothers, Chris and Andy...Nickname - Squat Diesel...Lists former NFL star running back Barry Sanders as the player he most admires...Sociology major.
Varsity Statistics - J. Lewis
|113||vs. Texas, 1998|
|94||vs. Washington State, 1998|
|75||vs Oregon, 1997|
|4||(ties school record) vs. Houston, 1998|
|2||vs. Texas, 1998 and Washington State, 1998|