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Albany’s Lewis Drafted By Eagles

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On Day #3 of the NFL Draft, Albany’s Dion Lewis finally heard his name called.

The former Albany Academy standout was selected in the 5th round with the 149th overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Lewis entered the draft as an underclassman, leaving Pittsburgh after just two years at the collegiate level.

Lewis exploded on the college football scene during his freshman year in 2009.  He ran for 1,799 yards and 17 touchdowns.  

He was named National Freshman of the Year, Big East Offensive Player of the year as well as Big East Freshman of the Year.  He was the first Big East player to win both conference POY and Rookie of the Year since Michael Vick in 1999.

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As a sophomore in 2010, Lewis rushed for just 1,061 yards and 13 TD’s.  He battled injuries while Pittsburgh didn’t have much of a passing game to offset Lewis’ ground attack.

Lewis rushed for 2,860 yards in two seasons at Pitt.   He finished 4th on the school’s all-time rushing list and is Pitt’s all-time leader for combined rushing yards by a freshman and sophomore.  That record was previously held by his new Eagles teammate LeSean McCoy.

In 2006, he led Albany Academy to the Class “B” State Championship game before transferring to Blair Academy in New Jersey.

He also attending Albany High School before his tenure with the Cadets.

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