“It would have been huge (to go to the NFL),” he said. “It would have been tremendous. I definitely would have been better paid than almost anyone else in my family. But hey, I’m playing for a bigger purpose now.”
Lewis has started all 13 games in each of the past two seasons. He ranks fourth in Ohio State history with 16½ sacks. He needs seven more to enter the top five. If he records 11 sacks, he would end his career ranked second behind Mike Vrabel (36, 1993-96).
Ohio State’s defensive line rotation may limit the chances for Lewis to rack up the sack numbers. With Lewis, Jalyn Holmes, Sam Hubbard, Nick Bosa, Tracy Sprinkle, Dre’mont Jones, Robert Landers and Michael Hill, the Buckeyes can spread the playing time. Lewis doesn’t consider the non-starters backups.
“They’re just another asset to the starting lineup,” Lewis said. “That’s why they’re always featured. The line is deep. It’s always fresh. It’s a fresh rotation. Nobody’s afraid of anything. It’s a more experienced, well-seasoned group that can definitely do things and pursue goals and objectives that we set throughout the year.”
Notes: Ohio State held its fourth preseason practice Tuesday. It has Wednesday off and then will hold its first practice in pads Thursday. The team moves into its home for fall camp, Hyatt Place, south of campus, on Sunday. … Coach Urban Meyer said the Buckeyes will practice 28 times before the season opener Aug. 31 against the Indiana Hoosiers in Bloomington, Ind. He worries about the team getting bored in camp. "We're very conscientious," Meyer said Monday. "My staff, there is nothing worse than a stale, tired group. So I'm watching that."