Xavier Lewis Suffers Stroke: Updates on Wyoming Safety's Recovery

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 12, 2014

Nov 30, 2013; Logan, UT, USA; Utah State Aggies tight end Keegan Andersen (22) and Wyoming Cowboys safety Xavier Lewis (18) both attempt to catch the ball during the third quarter at Romney Stadium. Utah State Aggies won the game 35-7. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports
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Wyoming sophomore Xavier Lewis suffered a stroke late Wednesday night. Luckily, teammate Eric Nzeocha was there, recognized the symptoms and rushed the safety to the hospital for potentially life-saving treatment.

Mike Vorel of the Casper Star-Tribune reports Lewis was transported from the local hospital to Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado. The player's father, Quentin Lewis, told the outlet he's now resting and making swift strides in his recovery:

He's back in Colorado right now, resting and recovering. It's a work in progress. We've got a lot of faith as a family. We've all bonded together, and Xavier's coming through it. He's progressing fast.

The elder Lewis also said his son has received plenty of support from the Cowboys. Numerous coaches and players have either made the trip to visit him in the hospital or have called to send along their well wishes already.

Wide receiver Tanner Simpson was among those to post message of support on social media:

Lewis' father also praised Nzeocha for knowing what to do in a difficult situation and getting to the hospital as soon as he knew something was wrong.

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"Eric Nzeocha saved him," Quentin Lewis said. "You have to give him the most accolades ever. The kids that have now stood behind Xavier, to me as a parent, that’s the best thing in the world."

Obviously things could have been a lot worse if not for those quick actions. Now, it sounds like Lewis is already making his way down the road to recovery.