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Bowling Green’s Roger Lewis off early to NFL draft

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One of the most unheralded yet productive wide receivers in the country has decided to cannonball into the draft pool.

With the deadline for an official declaration exactly a week away, Bowling Green’s Roger Lewis became the latest to leave collegiate eligibility on the table and make himself available for the NFL draft.  As Lewis took a redshirt as a true freshman, he actually had two years of eligibility remaining with the Falcons.

Lewis is also the first BGSU football player to declare for the draft early since Omar Jacobs following the 2005 season.

“I’d like to thank Athletic Director Chris Kingston and [new Syracuse head coach] Dino Babers for giving me the opportunity to play at BGSU,” Lewis said on Twitter. “I also want to thank the rest of the coaching staff, my teammates, our great fans and all of my professors for helping me along the way. I will forever cherish the memories that I’ve made at this great university and I’m honored to call myself a Falcon.”

Lewis started all 28 games the past two seasons, totaling 158 career receptions (10th in school history) for 2,637 yards (fifth) and 23 touchdowns (sixth). This season, Lewis was second in the country in receiving yards (1,544) and third in receiving touchdowns (16).