59 Tyquan Lewis

Tyquan Lewis Ohio State
usaUnited States
Tarboro, NC
High School
Past Teams
Ohio State
2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Post-OSU Update: Tyquan Lewis was the 64th overall pick (2nd round) of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. Lewis has played his entire six-year career with the Colts, mostly as a backup and occasional starter. He has 95 career tackles and 13.5 sacks as of this writing. (updated: Jan. 2024)

Pronunciation: TIE-kwan

Major: Sociology (2015-16), Undeclared (2013-14)

Weight: 265 (2017), 266 (2016), 260 (2014-15), 237 (2013)

2017 Media Guide: Tyquan Lewis is the reigning Big Ten Conference defensive lineman of the year and the leader of what is expected to be one of the top defensive lines in the nation … he’s a fifth-year senior
who has played in 41 games, started 26 times, has earned his degree in sociology and was part of the 2014 national championship team, but he wants more … “I can honestly say that I love my teammates, coaches and support staff…and am so proud of being a part of four Ohio State teams…but I am still hungry for more,” Lewis wrote in early January … Ohio State’s leader in quarterback sacks in each of the past two years, Lewis enters his senior campaign with 92 career tackles and 27 tackles-for-loss, a total that includes 16.5 quarterback sacks … he also has three pass break-ups and has forced three fumbles … Lewis ranks 14th at Ohio State in career sacks and he is in position for a Top 5 all-time ranking with seven more sacks … 11 sacks this year would position Lewis No. 2 all-time at Ohio State, trailing only Mike Vrabel, who had 36 between 1993-96.

2016: Lewis started all 13 games and was a leader for the nation’s sixth-ranked total defensive unit, one that was No. 3 in both scoring and passing efficiency defense, by contributing 29 tackles and team-high totals in tackles-for-loss (10.5 for 61 yards) and quarterback sacks (8.0 for 55 yards) … he was credited with the walk-off sack that all of his line-mates were also a part of in the overtime win at No. 8 Wisconsin … recorded 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble in the one-point win at Michigan State … season totals also included five quarterback pressures and three forced fumbles that were tied for 2nd-most in the Big Ten.

2016 Media Guide: Lead an Ohio State defense in quarterback sacks, like Tyquan Lewis did last year as a sophomore, and people are going to remember your name; and remember this: last year’s defense
featured two-time consensus All-American Joey Bosa and five other NFL Draft selections … Lewis, one of three returning starters on defense for the Buckeyes, is being projected as an All-American this year in the preseason publications and as a candidate for national defensive player of the year honors (Bednarik Award watch list) … Lewis, a 28-game veteran and a 13-game starter, is coming off a fine season and enters 2016 with 16.5 career tackles-for-loss already and 8.5 quarterback sacks … now a fourth-year junior, Lewis is one of five freshman in his 2013 recruiting class who enrolled at Ohio State in January, 2013.

2015: Lewis started all 13 games for the 12-1 Buckeyes and ranked sixth on the team from his defensive end position in total tackles with 54 … included was 14.0 tackles-for-loss (second-most on the team behind Joey Bosa) and a team-high 8.0 quarterback sacks with both figures among the Top 10 in the Big Ten Conference … was named honorable mention all-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media … recorded a personal-best 3.5 tackles-for-loss vs. Indiana plus had 2.5 vs. Maryland and 2.0 vs. Virginia Tech … registered career-best 2.0 sacks vs. Maryland … 16 TFL yards vs. Maryland also set a personal
best … set a career-best with eight total tackles against Michigan State and with seven stops vs. Northern Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota … ranked second among defensive linemen with 731 snaps … had at least one special teams snap in every game.

2015 Media Guide: Tyquan Lewis is vying to start at one defensive end position in 2015 … a third-year sophomore who lettered last season, Lewis spent considerable time practicing as a No. 1 defensive end along the line this spring.

2014: Lewis played in all 15 games for the College Football Playoff national champions … his 224 plays
included 201 snaps on the defensive line with the rest special team’s appearances … had a personal-best 36 plays vs. Illinois and had 35 vs. Kent State … was called on for 25 snaps along the defensive line in the national title game vs. Oregon … he had nine tackles on the season, including 2.5 tackles-for-loss (8 yards) and a quarterback hurry.

2014 Media Guide: Tyquan Lewis red-shirted the 2013 season as a true freshman … he’s put on approximately 25 pounds of muscle since enrolling.

High School: Tyquan Lewis, one of five from this class who enrolled at Ohio State in January, is a four-star defensive end prospect (Rivals, Scout, 247Sports) from Tarboro, N.C., and Tarboro High School … a Top 25 defensive end who comes from a tremendous program at Tarboro … the Vikings, coached by Jeff Craddock, won three consecutive North Carolina Class 2A state championships and had won 21 consecutive games before falling in the 2012 state championship to East Lincoln … Lewis was injured in the title game but still played and earned defensive player of the game honors … he finished his senior season with 13 sacks and was named to the Associated Press all-state team … he had 12 sacks among his 63 tackles as a junior.

Personal: Is the son of Tyronda Whitaker, and a proud big brother to three younger brothers: Kenai, Tylie and Christian.


SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstTFLTFL YdsSacksSack YdsFFFRIntInt YdsPBUBlkDef TD
2014Ohio State1309362.580.530000000
2015Ohio State131354312314.0598.0470000100
2016Ohio State131329171210.5618.0553000200
2017Ohio State1410201289.5487.0422000200