The University of Wyoming athletic department provided an update on the status of former Eaglecrest High School star safety Xavier Lewis on Tuesday, saying that the 19-year-old is in Denver undergoing rehabilitation from the stroke he suffered in early December.
Lewis’ family is using the athletic department to release information about Lewis, a mechanical engineering major who completed his sophomore year with the Cowboys’ football team.
From an email from the family included in the press release: “Xavier wants to let you know that he is undergoing rehab. Things are going quite well. There unfortunately is not a timeline as to which Xavier will finish rehab, but he is definitely looking forward to returning as soon as possible.”
On Dec. 10, 2014, Lewis was rushed to the hospital by teammate Eric Nzeocha after signs appeared of a stroke according to a story by Mike Vorel of the Casper Star-Tribune.
The quick action gave Lewis the best chance of recovery and he had improved measurably just a few hours after the stroke happened. Eaglecrest football coach Mike Schmitt visited Lewis just hours after he had been airlifted from Laramie to Denver and said that Lewis had no major blockage or discernable damage to the brain during his stroke, which quite possibly came as the result of dehydration mixed with physical exertion.
Lewis, the 2012 Denver Post Gold Helmet Award winner, was “one of the faces of Eaglecrest” over the past few years in the words of many still around the school.
With the Raptors, Lewis racked up double-digit tackles in five games as a senior in 2012 and led Schmitt’s team with a total of 84 on the season — 75 solo — and was selected first team All-Centennial League. It was his third consecutive first team all-league accolade. Eaglecrest made the Class 5A state quarterfinals that season.
He finished the 2014 season as the No. 3 safety on the Wyoming depth chart. Lewis played in 11 games for the Cowboys and recorded five solo tackles and four assists and has 27 tackles for his career.
— Sports Editor Courtney Oakes