Braxton Lewis named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week

Sep 29, 2018; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Iowa State Cyclones defensive back Braxton Lewis (33) intercepts a pass intended for TCU Horned Frogs cornerback Jeff Gladney (12) during the second half at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The following is a press release from Iowa State Athletic Communications.

IRVING, Texas – Iowa State junior safety Braxton Lewis was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week after his performance in Iowa State’s 48-42 win over No. 25 Oklahoma State on Saturday.

A native of Overland Park, Kan., Lewis was a key player in Iowa State’s effort on defense, leading the team in tackles with seven and picking off a key fourth-quarter pass.

Lewis also had one tackle for loss to help the Cyclones establish a new school record for stops behind the line of scrimmage with 16.

Lewis leads the Big 12 and ranks fourth nationally in interceptions per game at 0.6. He has picked off a pass in three-straight games, tying for the fifth-best streak in school history.

Jared Stansbury


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