Following a recent Liberty spring football practice, freshman All-American Austin Lewis visited with LFSN reporter Nick Pierce to discuss the Flames' spring workouts.
During his rookie season at Liberty, Lewis was named to the 18th annual Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team. With his selection to the team, Lewis becomes Liberty's first player to earn All-America honors at the FBS level.
Lewis finished his freshman season at Liberty with 24 tackles (13 solo, 11 assisted), including 6.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks. He saw playing time in all 12 games, including two starts and recorded multiple tackles in six out of 12 games.
Lewis got his first career start against Army, finishing the contest with a season-best eight tackles (four solo, four assisted). He helped Liberty secure a win over Troy, finishing the game with two solo stops, including a seven-yard sack to end a Troy drive in the fourth quarter.
The native of Jonesborough, Tenn., started his second career game at UMass, finishing the contest with three tackles, including an assisted sack and a pass breakup. He wrapped up his rookie season at Liberty with four tackles, including a sack, during the Flames' season finale against New Mexico State.
Lewis played a part in Liberty finishing its inaugural campaign at the FBS level with a 6-6 overall record. With the half dozen victories, Liberty became the ninth team in NCAA history to win six or more games during its first season at the FBS level.
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