The hype surrounding Terrell Lewis always seemed justified.
Just demeanour during him.
At 6-foot-5 and 256 pounds, a Alabama youth has a lean, tough build of an chosen pass rusher.
He also has a delicious mix of speed and energy — qualities that done him a defensive terror.
For justification of that, only rewind to that day in Apr 2017, when Lewis snatched a round thrown by Tua Tagovailoa and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown in a Crimson Tide’s open game.
It was a attainment of pristine athleticism, and for once a intensity was real.
But it’s nonetheless to manifest in full, and now it’s capricious if it ever will.
Lewis, who has dual career sacks, tore a maiden cruciate vinculum in his right knee in training final week and underwent surgery, Alabama manager Nick Saban said.
It’s a second uninterrupted year a outward linebacker has gifted a poignant repairs after he suffered vinculum repairs in his bend during a deteriorate opener opposite Florida State final September. Lewis afterwards missed 10 games, and his deficiency loomed vast as a Crimson Tide struggled to beget a pass rush during segments of that extended duration when he was idle.
Lewis was approaching to be one of a defensive linchpins this season, and his towering standing on a group was reinforced by Alabama’s sports information staff, that done him accessible to a media mixed times this spring.
He stepped into a spotlight in place of Anfernee Jennings, a outward linebacker who was sidelined during a team’s 15 off-season practices as he recovered from his possess vital knee injury.
But now Lewis is left again.
And defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi will have to make do but him, relying on a likes of Christian Miller, Chris Allen, Jamey Mosley and maybe even Jarez Parks — all of whom are able players in a linebacker corps that should sojourn one a team’s strongest units.
But any of them will have a tough time measuring adult to Lewis.
They don’t have his tender talent.
And they don’t satisfy a same turn of fad Lewis did.
Lewis done others consternation what he could be.
Hopefully, down a road, they won’t ever have to anticipate what he could have been.
“God,” Lewis wrote on his Twitter account, “has something for me on a other side that is larger than what we can see right now.”
Until then, a Alabama linebacker will only have to wait to find out what that is.
And so too will everybody else.
Rainer Sabin is an Alabama kick author for a Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @RainerSabin