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5 DAYS TO 2021 KICKOFF: Jaren Lewis

In which BracketCat counts down the fifth day until the 2021 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State quarterback Jaren Lewis.

#5 Alex Delton
Alex Delton’s (5) transfer to TCU prior to the 2019 season opened up his jersey number for a new dual-threat quarterback: sophomore Jaren Lewis.
Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

NOTE: Kansas State has elected to advance players’ classification even though the 2020 season did not affect eligibility. Those who wish to take advantage of this extra year will be listed as a (“super”) senior again after their original eligibility would have been exhausted.

Goal No. 5: BE TOUGH. Mentally and physically.

#5 Jaren Lewis

Redshirt Sophomore | 6-1 | 205 lbs. | Columbia, Missouri
Jaren Lewis
Jaren Lewis
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Third-String
  • Status: On Scholarship

Jaren Andre Lewis (b. July 30, 2000) is a highly regarded dual-threat quarterback who redshirted in 2019 and did not see any game action in 2020. He enters 2021 in a nominal three-way battle with Will Howard and Jake Rubley to be Skylar Thompson’s backup.

Realistically, though, Howard already has it sewn up, which would seem to call into question Lewis’ possible future with the Wildcats with a four-star freshman breathing down his neck, absent a position change. One would expect him to transfer after this fall if he doesn’t play.

Lewis played under head coach Justin Conyers at Battle High School in Columbia, Missouri, where he picked up second-team all-state honors as a senior in 2018 from the Missouri Football Coaches Association after he threw for 2,895 yards and 25 touchdowns, in addition to rushing for 700 yards and 11 scores, and led the Spartans to the Class 5 state semifinals.

He earned all-district honors as both a junior and senior, the former when he threw for 1,962 yards and 21 touchdowns, and rushed for 980 total yards in his career.

Lewis also played baseball in high school, earning academic all-state honors.

He selected K-State over offers from Eastern Kentucky, Indiana State, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State and Tennessee-Martin, as well as interest from Arkansas, Arkansas State, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota State, Southern Illinois, Tennessee and Wyoming.

Lewis allegedly has the strongest arm on the team; it’s his consistency that holds him back.