Lewis and Newton Sign NFL Free Agent Contracts
Monday, April 27, 2009

Former Tiger Offensive Linemen Ink NFL Deals

Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State University standout offensive linemen Cornelius Lewis and Cecil Newton have signed free agent contracts. Lewis signed with the Indianapolis Colts and Newton with Jacksonville Jaguars respectively.

Lewis, a 6-5, 310 lb, offensive tackle from Jacksonville, Fla., is a two-time All-Ohio Valley Conference First Team selection. Cornelius transferred to TSU from Florida State in 2007 and quickly earned a starting spot while starting in all 11 games 2007.

In 2008, he started all 12 games on the season posting 35 knock-down blocks. He covered the blind side of an offensive line that led the OVC in rushing in 2007 and 2008. He is also credited with help leading the a line that has also blocked for a 1000+yard rusher for two seasons. This past season, he did not give up a sack.

Newton, a 6-2, 305 lb, center from Atlanta, Ga. was a four-year letterman and  part of an offensive line that led the Ohio Valley Conference in rushing in 2007 (210 ypg) and 2008 (195.8 ypg). He also was part of an offensive line that blocked for a 1,000-plus yd. rusher the last three seasons.

In 2007, Newton had 24 pancake blocks along with 40 knock downs. He graded out a winner  for all 11 games and he only gave up three sacks the at the end of the 2007 season.

In 2008, he season graded out an average of 90 percent per game recording 30 knock down blocks. At the end of the season, he did not give up a sack. He was named to the 2008 All-OVC First Team.