The legend of Levi Lewis continues. Leading the Cajuns to another division title and giving Louisiana-Lafayette the attention they deserve, he’s changed the landscape of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette program.
Putting the Cajuns in the national rankings, forming one of the most dynamic offenses in all of college football and rewriting the record books, Lewis is a legend in this city.
His most recent feat comes in throwing touchdown pass No. 65 against Texas State and breaking Jake Delhomme’s school record—a record that stood for over 20 years. Simply, Lewis has inserted his name amongst the greats that have suited up at Cajun Field.
Holding the single-season records for most touchdown passes and yards, he begins to climb the totem pole in all-time passing yards, currently sitting at third.
Former Louisiana quarterback Jake Delhomme, who played for the Ragin’ Cajuns from 1993-96 before an 11-year career in the NFL, held virtually every passing record in the books until Lewis came along.
Records are one thing, but the work Lewis puts in to become so successful is why his teammates and coaches have fully expected to see everything he’s achieved.
“He’s the alpha, he’s the leader,” Head Coach Billy Napier said. “He sets the tone with the way he prepares, the way he practices. Just his presence makes us better.”
A three-year starter for Coach Napier’s offense, it’s no surprise Lewis continues putting his name at the top of the ranks. Just about as poised as one can be behind center, his calm morale is what sets the tone for this experienced offense.
But to Napier, it isn’t about the statistics or the records, it’s about the man Lewis has grown to be over his time in Lafayette.
“To me, it’s not necessarily about the passing touchdowns,” Napier said. “To me, it’s about that the young man is a product of his work. He’s relentless. That wasn’t given. He’s reaped what he sowed.”
Lewis has started 33 consecutive games for the Cajuns and has the chance to lead this team to a conference championship Dec. 4. If this squad can run the table and win out the rest of the season, it gives Napier’s group the chance to host the conference championship at Cajun Field, a huge advantage.
With Lewis under center and Napier calling the shots, it’s hard not to feel comfortable in what this team can achieve. The definition of a class act, Lewis and company can solidify themselves as one of the best teams to suit up in Lafayette by the time this season comes to an end.