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Damione Lewis
No. 92     Carolina Panthers
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: March 1, 1978 (1978-03-01) (age 31)
Place of birth: Sulphur Springs, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 301 lb (137 kg)
Career information
College: University of Miami
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
Debuted in 2001 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-Big East (2000)
  • Second-team All-Big East(1999)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Tackles     203
Sacks     22.0
Stats at NFL.com

Damione Ramon Lewis (born March 1, 1978 in Sulphur Springs, Texas) is an American football defensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers. He was originally drafted by the St. Louis Rams 12 overall in the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Miami.

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College career

Lewis played college football at the University of Miami. While there he started 41 of 43 games and finished his career with 220 career tackles, 15.5 sacks, and five forced fumbles. As a senior he was a First-team All-Big East Conference selection and third-team All-America by The Sporting News. Recorded 39 tackles, three sacks, and two forced fumbles.

In 1999 as a junior he was Second-team All-Big East Conference choice. He posted 57 tackles, 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery As a sophomore in 1998 he led all Hurricanes defensive linemen with 52 tackles and registered two sacks. Started as a freshman and produced a career-high 72 tackles, four sacks, and one forced fumble. Lewis redshirted as a true freshman.

Professional career

Pre-draft measureables

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-2¾ * 293 lb * 4.91 ** X X X X 30 in. X 22 * X

(* represents NFL Combine; **represents Miami Pro Day) [1][2][3]

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St. Louis Rams

Lewis was drafted by the St. Louis Rams with the 12th overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. On July 27, 2001, Lewis agreed to a five-year, $7.5 million contract with the Rams. He played for the Rams for five years starting 29 of 69 games, and recording 10.5 sacks.

As a rookie in 2001 Lewis played in nine games with three starts prior to being placed on injured reserve with a broken right foot. The following year he played in 16 games with two starts (one at defensive end and one a defensive tackle). He posted 44 tackles, four sacks, 14 quarterback pressures and one pass defensed.

In 2003 Lewis played in 12 games (starting the first 7 of the season). He registered 34 tackles, half a sack, 13 quarterback pressures, one forced fumble and one pass defensed. A sprained ankle against the Pittsburgh Steelers hamped his second-half of the season.

In 2004 Lewis again earned the starting job at the outset of the season, starting the first 10 contests and playing in all 16. He amassed career highs of 61 tackles and five sacks in addition to recording eight quarterback pressures, one forced fumble and two passes defensed. The next season he played in 16 games with seven starts. However, in 2005, he was in in the starting lineup for the final seven contests. He produced 45 tackles, one sack, 23 quarterback pressures, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Carolina Panthers

On March 14, 2006 the Carolina Panthers signed him to a two-year deal worth about $3.5 million.[4]

In 2006 Lewis played in 16 games with three starts in his first season in Carolina. He posted 30 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 11 quarterback pressures, one forced fumble and three pass deflections. Lewis contributed to defense that finished seventh in the NFL in total defense and tied for eighth in scoring defense, allowing 19.1 points per game. He also helped unit rank 11th in the League in rushing yards per game, third in third-down efficiency and seventh in sacks per pass play. The 41 sacks by defense was the fourth-highest total in team history. In 2007 Lewis played 15 games with two starts, which brough his career totals to 100 career games and 34 career starts. For the season Lewis recorded 32 tackles, 3.5 sacks, a pass deflected and a fumble recovery.

After the 2007 season the Panthers re-signed him to a new three-year $14 million extension.[5][6]

In 2008 Lewis became a full time starter after Kris Jenkins was traded. He started 15 games on the year missing one start due to injury. He had 43 tackles, 3.5 sacks, an 1 forced fumble during the year.

References

  1. ^ "Damione Lewis". NFL Draft Scout.com. March 25, 2009. http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=60375&draftyear=2001&genpos=DT. Retrieved April 16, 2009.  
  2. ^ ESPN.com
  3. ^ (Kiper, Mel) ESPN.com"Moss, Morgan star in Miami workout" March 8, 2001.
  4. ^ Bellville-News Democrat.com
  5. ^ Sporting News.com
  6. ^ Carolina Growl.com

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