Alex Lewis — the former Colorado offensive tackle arrested in May for felony assault within 24 hours of announcing his transfer to Nebraska — has a plea agreement to consider according to the Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera.
The paper reported Friday that Lewis’ arraignment is now scheduled for Aug. 16. He has until then, Boulder County prosecutor Bruce Langer intimated to the Camera, to choose the plea deal or move forward with a trial. Langer said the prosecutors and Lewis were at “the end of negotiations” in terms of a plea agreement.
Lewis still has the second-degree assault charge — plus two misdemeanor counts of harassment — standing against him that stems from a fight near CU’s campus in which witnesses claim Lewis slammed an alleged victim’s head against the cement and later against a metal kiosk. Donald Brenner, Lewis’ attorney, declined comment to the Camera. He did not return a phone call from The World-Herald.
This week at Big Ten media days in Chicago, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini offered a cryptic answer in reference to Lewis’ status with the Huskers.
“There is no Alex Lewis until, you know, I don’t know, to be honest with you,” Pelini said. “We’ll just see how that all plays out. There’s no guarantees for Alex Lewis. There never were.”
That said, Nebraska has seven open scholarships heading into fall camp. I expect sophomore fullback Andy Janovich and senior tight end Jake Long to own two of them. That still leaves five. There’s room for Lewis before school starts — if whatever plea he’s mulling is something Pelini and Co. can accept. Remember what Pelini said at Big Ten media days regarding the dismissal of linebacker Thomas Brown for violation of team rules. Brown, remember, wasn’t charged with any crime:
“At the end of the day, we hold our guys to a pretty high standard and that’s the way it’s gonna be as long as I’m the head football coach,” Pelini said. “We’re going to help kids grow — we’re going to help them develop as human beings — but at the end of the day, you’re not only accountable to yourself and family, but my family, anyone associated with Nebraska football and your teammates. If, at any time, something is being done — a player is acting in such a way that it’s taking away from any of that — they’re not going to be a part of our program.”
Nebraska’s offensive tackle situation in 2014 — yes, agreed, long off — appears for now to rely heavily on junior college transfer Matt Finnin, current sophomore Zach Sterup, current sophomore Givens Price (presuming he settles, finally, at tackle), and what will likely be redshirt freshmen David Knevel and Dwayne Johnson.