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Shaun Lewis is another difference-maker who came up small in this game. Normally, Lewis is one of the players that I notice on a regular basis throughout a game. I did not during this particular game.
He came up with only 3.5 tackles in this game. A factor in the blitz game most of the time, Lewis failed to get to the quarterback, coming up with a big goose egg for sacks and quarterback hits. This is Lewis’ third year as a starter on this defense, and he should be better than this.
Recently, the most impressive player on the defensive side of the ball for the Cowboys has been Alex Elkins. The senior linebacker amassed 10 total tackles to lead the team against Kansas State, something he has been doing a lot lately.
Elkins is a big (6’3”, 230 pounds), athletic backer who will probably get at least some kind of chance at the next level. What makes his play even more amazing is the fact that he never played football until he got to Blinn Community College.
The Cowboys’ linebacker core is finally looking completely healthy again now that Caleb Lavey is fully recovered. The junior has five total tackles against Kansas State. His two tackles for loss led the team in that area and matched the rest of the team’s effort in that statistic.
Lavey is the biggest of the Cowboy linebackers at 6’3” and 240 pounds, and he made a tangible difference against the Wildcats. It was not enough for a win, but it is encouraging as he moves forward in the season.