Dreams really do come true, and former Miami Hurricane Malcolm Lewis is living proof.
Lewis has signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent. Lewis will live out his dream playing in front of family and friends while in a Dolphins uniform. He may not have been selected in the draft, but he still landed in a favorable position.
Lewis grew up in South Florida where he attended Miramar High school and was team captain his senior year. Lewis had an offer from Florida State and SEC top names Alabama, LSU, but ultimately declined to play with the Miami Hurricanes.
It has not been an easy road for Lewis, four games in the season, the Miramar native went through his stage of hard knocks his freshmen year after a ghastly leg injury against Georgia Tech, after a tackle when he twisted his leg 180 degrees.
But that did not stop him.
Despite his setback, the 6’0 and 187-pound receiver made his way back to the football. His injury did play a major role in his development as a wide receiver, but Lewis still finished at Miami with a career total of 62 passes for 650 yards and 3 touchdowns. In addition to returning 21 kick returns for 470 yards.
In 2016, Lewis played in all 13 games and started the final four games finishing the season with 211 yards, 17 receptions, and a touchdown, additionally setting a career high of 19 returns for 405 yards. Lewis also became the 11th player in Hurricane history to play 50 or more games.
In the face of adversity due to his injury, Lewis still has been described as a receiver with speed, soft hands, the ability to block and a great addition to add depth to a pro level special team, with a strong work ethic.
The Dolphins signed 14 unsigned rookies and for Lewis’ position, there are two roster spots up for grabs. He will compete with former UM teammate Rashawn Scott, a rookie, and 7th rounder out of Virginia Tech Isaiah Ford, second-year Leonte Carroo out of Rutgers, and second year Jakeem Grant out of Texas Tech University.
It has been reported that Lewis was considered by other teams, but he decided to sign with Miami not only to be close to home but to also make an impact on the Dolphin’s roster at his position.