"Mike is one of the hardest workers we have in our program. He is passionate about the game of football, and his efforts to overcome the adversity of his injury will give him an edge over anyone else he competed against. I remember being with Mike in the hospital in the days soon after his surgery. Many folks, were encouraging him to give up on football, but Mike wouldn't do that. Football is at the core of his being. He has worked extremely hard to get to where he is now. I am confident that he will help lead our team to continued success," commented Head Coach Jim Catanzaro.
|Mike Lewis looks for the snap before throwing a 17 yard TD |
to Austin Sobey against Carroll University in 2012.
Lewis moves from back up to starter in 2013.
Other returning quarterbacks for the Foresters include local product Greg Brown from Deerfield, former 5A Texas State Champion Sean Dickson, and All-Section selection Jared Russ from New York.
"Our three returners are all quite different from one another. Sean has a very strong arm, and a great football IQ. Greg demonstrates the characteristics of the traditional pocket passer. He has the best footwork of any of the backup QB's. Jared is the "athlete" at the QB position. His experience running the option in high school gives him a dual threat that is unique in our league. Jared is a good enough athlete to earn playing time at several positions on our team," commented Head Coach Jim Catanzaro.
Incoming freshman Justen Ruppe from Lake Oswego High School in Oregon is coming off a state championship appearance in 6A, after completing 73% of his passes for 1,931 yards and 21 TDs. He was a 1st Team All-Conference and 3rd Team All-State selection. Justen is expected to join Brown, Dickson, and Russ in competing for the back-up quarterback spot as camp starts.