October 3, 2006
Reverse psychology from Antonio Lewis
MORGANTOWN-Antonio Lewis has an interesting way of preparing for games each week. The senior cornerback pressures himself during practice, then is able to "go play" during the game.
Lewis, the junior boundary corner, takes his job seriously. Facing several wide receivers with more size than he, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound former redshirt, currently shows a team-leading 24 total tackles (with Boo McLee) with 1 tackle for a loss, 4 pass deflections and 2 interceptions in the 4th-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers' 4-0 season.
So, while during the games Lewis can be heard from the sidelines being chatty and has earned the reputation of a sometimes gambler, you get a far more serious resident of Waldorf, Md., off the field.
"I put all kinds of pressure on myself during the week, more than they could ever put on me," Lewis said Monday night. "That way, once the game comes around, I'm ready to have fun.. Some guys get real tight before a game, but my thing is that I have worked on myself all week, now it's time to go."
Lewis has had two weeks to prepare for Saturday's 2:30 p.m. Eastern kickoff with 1-4 Mississippi State. While the Bulldogs are breaking in a pair of freshman running backs and a quarterback who will be starting for the third time in 2006, its receivers can play.
Z receiver Tony Burks is a 6-4, 214-pound junior and X receiver Will Prosser is a 6-3, 205-pound senior. Rookie running back Arnil Stallworth also can catch the ball out of the backfield.
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