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Melvin Lewis is out for the season


Terrible, terrible news out of Mark Stoops’ Monday press conference this afternoon. He announced that Melvin Lewis will miss the remainder of the season with that fracture fibula. Stoops hopes his team can reach a bowl game to give the senior defensive tackle one last opportunity to wear the blue and white.

“It’s usually a six-week injury,” said Stoops, hoping Lewis will return for a potential bowl game. “We’re not counting on him for the remainder of this regular season.”

Stoops expects Matt Elam to play well in place of Elam’s friend and mentor on the defensive line.

“They are very tight, off the field as well. Matt really looks up to Melvin and he was disappointed for Melvin that he got hurt. But he will step in and do a good job.”

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

27 Comments for Melvin Lewis is out for the season

  1. tuxedo park
    12:19 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    Matt Elam is gonna have to grow up real quick. It’s your chance, big guy.

  2. Dieter
    12:29 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    Yet another reason why getting to a bowl, any bowl, is so critical for this team.

  3. catsfan
    12:34 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    Better have some oxygen on the sidelines, Elam isn’t that bad but his conditioning is horrible.

  4. On the line
    12:42 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    Lewis is a huge loss. It showed on the Auburn’s drives when he was out. Mississippi State will blow the ball up the middle at will like Auburn did. Lewis played hard and never quit on a play. Real bummer.

  5. Sidney
    12:46 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    If Matt can lose about 25 lbs/week he can be in shape for the Louisville game.

    • Bourbon Breath
      12:49 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

      keep it douchey

    • Sidney
      12:55 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

      It’s true. He’s 100lbs overweight. Here’s Elam in his own words:
      “Then right after practice, I’d stop at the McDonald’s by my house and get like two McDoubles, two McChickens, a large fry and a sweet tea,” Elam recounted. “Then I’d go home and probably eat something late.”

      Keep it anonymous.

    • Nuclearcontamination
      1:00 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

      If Elam is really 370 like he is listed…he is 50lbs over weight. He could lose that much if he really tried!

  6. pithuahua
    12:50 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    I was watching Elam through the binoculars Thursday night and he stands straight up on nearly every play. I can’t count how many times he got flat whipped. His technique needs a lot of work! I can’t believe they haven’t ben able to get more weight off him. Maybe they should do like they did with Melvin Turpin and put a manager on him 24/7.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:10 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

      ^ A sign of fatique when he can’t stay low like he’s supposed to. Yeah, he is a work in progress with his physical conditioning.

    • Piedma Schwartz
      3:28 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

      Maybe it’s just because I’ve gotten used to seeing him, but he does seem at least a little bit leaner than he was when he got here.

    • Roflectomy
      7:45 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

      He’s leaner, but not lean enough. If they could get him down to somewhere between 320 and 340, he’d probably be a lot more effective.

  7. Nuclearcontamination
    1:05 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    I remember when they used to shadow Turpin day and night…His vice was also McDonalds!

  8. leon singleton
    1:46 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    Elam is 6’7 he can handle the weight.

    2:26 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    Not good because Elam is no where in the shape he needs to be in to be in the majority of the plays. He will be gassed by halftime.

  10. fatbrat
    2:39 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    When we would run the Oklahoma drill in college the coaches would be running around screaming “Low Man Wins..Low Man Always Wins”. You can’t play nose tackle in any league standing straight up!

    • carvingitup
      2:45 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

      Anyone who has played Pop Warner, High School or College ball knows its all centered around staying low! If Elam can’t stay low by now he probably never will.

  11. Just Say'n
    2:45 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    The backup is going to see LOTS of time Saturday. Elam still thinks he can just stand up like high school days and no one could move him. Those days are long gone. I have to wonder what Saban would have done with Elam.

  12. UKfanNKY
    2:50 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    Alot of coaches on here and I have to LAUGH, Oh I mean lololololololololololol these day’s, know what you are talking about BEFORE you post on here and look dumb!!! GO CATS!!!

    • carvingitup
      2:53 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

      Mater of fact I have coached for 30 years and played college ball. Do you think its about who can get the straightest! Do you know anything?

    • fatbrat
      2:59 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

      Posters like UKfan that has obviously never played football are the ones that make them selves look STUPID!

  13. AJH
    3:08 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    This is a HUGE loss. I don’t think people really understand how big of a loss this is. Matt Elam looks like shit on the field and is way out of shape. Our run defense just took a big hit. The staff is going to have to make adjustments going forward thats for sure.

    • bluetwo2
      3:15 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

      I am not sure who is behind Elam? Maybe Jacob Hyde? Not sure what kind of game shape he is in either?

    • fatbrat
      3:32 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

      I find it a little disturbing that we have players in the two deep depth chart that are not in condition to play. WTH have they been doing for the last ten months?

  14. JR
    4:00 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    Time for the big fella to step up and play each down. Get on that cardio. Play like the reason Bama wanted you…

  15. bige
    4:04 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

    Just to be redundant….
    There is no way a college D-Line coach has taught Elam to do what he does on the field. I have never seen a kid (this highly rated) dance around and catch blockers.

    It appears his lower body is just too weak as he has zero lean when fighting blockers.
    Stoops is being nice with the comments as I don’t see how you can keep Elam on the field in a primary role.
    Frankly, the entire defensive line seems tentative, plays off the ball too much, and they are too small and outmatched to be anything but extremely aggressive the entire game.

    • pithuahua
      5:13 pm October 19, 2015 Permalink

      They may be outmatched but undersized they are not. With Johnson, in a three man front, they averaged 304 with Elam they average 317. Size is not the issue but the ability to penetrate probably is.