Salukis have won nine of last 10 conference openers
The Salukis will host Southeast Missouri State for the home opener at Saluki Stadium Saturday at 6 p.m.
Salukis have won 10 straight home openers
SIU outgains FBS opponent for second straight year
SIU leads all-time series, 40-15-1
Played in seven games, starting the first six at free safety before an injury forced him out of action for four games...Recorded 27 tackles, 16 of which were solos...Third among defensive backs with 2.5 tackles for loss...Broke up two passes and recovered one fumble....Recorded 11 tackles at Miami (OH), which was the most of any Saluki in 2012.
Prior to SIU
A three-year letterwinner at Clemson...Played 136 snaps in 2011 as part of the Tigers' defensive rotation and made nine tackles...Had an injury-plagued sophomore year in which he made five tackles in nine games, but suffered a broken jaw in practice and missed three games...Played in nine games and had six tackles as a freshman.
Florida Times-Union First-Team All-First Coast as a senior...Super 11 and Super 24 member by Florida Times-Union...No. 24-ranked safety in the nation by ESPN.com, No. 44 safety by Scout.com, and No. 59 safety by Rivals.com...Had 57 tackles and two interceptions along with 39 catches for 760 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior...Coached by Joey Wiles...Standout basketball player who was All-County and All-Conference as a senior...District and Regional champion in the 400m as a junior...Chose Clemson over Georgia Tech, Illinois, South Carolina, South Florida, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest.
Born Apr. 25, 1990 in St. Augustine, Fla...Son of Ariel and Carlton Lewis...Parents work as aircraft mechanics...Has one brother and one sister...Earned his undergraduate degree in sociology from Clemson and will pursue a master's at SIU.