Jourdan Lewis, Corey Clement Returning To School

    Michigan CB Jourdan Lewis and Wisconsin RB Corey Clement are putting off the NFL for one more season and returning to school.

    December 16, 2015


    Michigan CB Jourdan Lewis and Wisconsin RB Corey Clement are putting off the NFL for one more season and returning to school.


    Jourdan Lewis and Corey Clement Returning To School

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    The Big Ten gets two of its stars back with Michigan All-Big Ten CB Jourdan Lewis and Wisconsin RB Corey Clement returning for their senior seasons.

    Lewis had said during the season that he was planning on returning to finish up his degree, but after a tremendous junior year and draft stock rising, there was some thought he might be taking off early. It’s not happening with Lewis saying he’s “100 percent” sticking around after finishing fourth on the team with 49 tackles with two interceptions and 19 broken up passes.

    With Lewis combining with rising superstar safety Jabrill Peppers, Michigan’s secondary returns three starters next season after finishing third in the nation in passing yards allowed and first in pass efficiency defense.

    Wisconsin’s running game was nowhere near up to its normal snuff averaging a paltry 148 yards per game thanks to a ragged line that needed time to mature, and losing Next Back Up Corey Clement early on to a sports hernia injury.

    Dare Ogunbowale and Taiwan Deal are back after combining for 1,264 yards and 13 touchdowns, but it’s Clement who was supposed to be the star and provide the spark for the offense. Instead, he got hurt in the opener against Alabama – rushing for 16 yards on just eight carries – and took his time coming back.

    Not needed in a slew of easy games, Clement stayed out until Halloween, when he ran for 115 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries, but missed the following week against Maryland and was held to 24 yards and a score on ten carries against Northwestern.

    The 5-11, 219-pounder would’ve been considered among the top five backs in this year’s draft, and if he’s healthy and does what he’s expected to, with his quickness, cutting ability, and with plenty of tread still on the tires, he should rank behind Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook and Nick Chubb among 2017 draft eligible backs. 

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