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Interview: Terrell Lewis– Alabama EDGE

NCAA Football: Senior Bowl Practice
South defensive lineman Terrell Lewis of Alabama (24) spars with South offensive guard Ben Bartch of Saint John’s (75) during Senior Bowl practice.
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Terrell Lewis – Alabama EDGE

6’4”, 252 pounds, 4.84 40 time

Projected round: Second

Q: What will NFL teams immediately notice about your playing skills?

A: Versatility. A guy that can come in, drop in space, rush the passer exceptionally well. I can play hand in the ground 3-4 defensive end, or stand up and play a linebacker hybrid. Or play a designated pass rusher. As far as the mental part of football can come in that has played the game of football since an early age and be a leader, be vocal, and play by example.

Q: NFL teams put a lot of time and money into scouting players. How would their money be well-spent on you?

A: I am a guy who does not have off-the-field issues or any character concerns, so you can trust what you say to me and trust that I am not going to cause problems later.

Q: Do you have any inspirations while playing the game?

A: I basically give praise through my actions and to honor God. It’s something that I try to bring up in everyday life. Some people take it for granted what God has, and is, doing for them.

Q: Is it important for you to start your rookie season?

A: I wouldn’t say it was an necessity. If you worried about that coming to a place like Alabama you wouldn’t last long with all that pressure. But you have to be prepared to come in and trust your abilities and trust the process and work hard towards your goals as well. Spend the time in the weight room is another key.

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Q: Is your strength pass rushing or stopping the run?

A: Both. Neither one is a weakness.

Q: Are you most comfortable playing the right or left side?

A: I have played both and had success on both sides. I have no preference. I have probably lined up on the left more often than the right, but truly I feel I am productive on either sides.

Q: How where some of your favorite players growing up?

A: I grew up in the D.C. area so most of my favorite players came from there like Ray Lewis. Every time you turned on the TV it was either the Ravens or the Redskins playing. So guys like Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs, London Fletcher, Shawn Springs and LaRon Landry. You kind of look up to those guys because they inspired their team and their teammates to play harder.

Q: Do you consider yourself a leader?

A: Absolutely. I want my teammates to feed off my energy on the field. Hard-nosed football player who would hit you in the mouth.

Q: What are your favorite foods?

A: I eat a lot and am from the D.C. area so definitely blue crabs. But I also like snow crab, king crab, and definitely pizza.