Jourdan Lewis, who has a single season Michigan record for pass breakups, makes Pro Football Focus list of five Heisman candidates. According to PFF, Lewis, a junior cornerback, is one of the five best players in college football this season. Here’s what Gordon McGuinness of PFF wrote:
Key stat: Only three cornerbacks have been targeted more, and he has still only allowed 274 yards in his coverage.
Like Bosa, Lewis is hurt by playing on defense, particularly when he doesn’t have any game breaking returns to catch your attention. That being said, you won’t find a better cover corner in all of college football, and he is right up there with the other four players listed as one of the best players in the country. Lewis has been targeted 72 times in coverage, which seems foolish for opposing quarterbacks, especially when you consider he has given up just 26 receptions for 274 yards and one touchdown over the course of the year. He’s allowed more than 40 receiving yards in a single game just once all year, and has come away with two interceptions and 14 pass breakups. There was a three-game span against UNLV, BYU and Maryland where he allowed just three receptions for six yards while picking off one pass and breaking up five more.
Heisman moment: His Heisman moment came in the game where he allowed the most yards. Giving up 109 yards to Michigan State’s Aaron Burbridge in what was arguably the most fascinating individual matchup of the year, he still managed to come away with four pass breakups.
You can see the four other players who makes the list by clicking here.