Ohio State Overview: Tyquan Lewis, who graduated in December 2016 with his degree in sociology and came back for a fifth year with the Buckeyes because he was still “hungry for more,” played in as many games as any Buckeye in history – 55 – and helped Ohio State win six championships: a CFP national championship in 2014, a 2014 Sugar Bowl title, a 2015 Fiesta Bowl title, a 2017 Cotton Bowl title and Big Ten Conference championships in 2014 and 2017. One of the most respected players on the team, Lewis was a two-time team captain who started 36 times and finished his career with 112 tackles, including 36.5 tackles-for-loss and 23.5 quarterback sacks. He also had five pass break-ups, five forced fumbles and six quarterback hurries. He was honored by the Big Ten three times, including twice being named first-team all-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media. In 2016 he was named the league’s defensive lineman of the year. Lewis was a leader of Ohio State defenses that ranked in the Top 10 nationally in total defense three times: No. 6 nationally in total defense in 2016 and No. 9 in both 2017 and 2015.
2016 (Junior): 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 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.
2015 (Sophomore): 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.
2014 (Freshman): 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.
More on Tyquan: Lewis was 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 ... is the son of Tyronda Whitaker, and a proud big brother to three younger brothers: Kenai, Tylie and Christian.