Khalil Lewis, Will Millikan Named To Inaugural Hero Sports Sophomore All-America Team

Khalil Lewis, Will Millikan Named To Inaugural Hero Sports Sophomore All-America Team

BOILING SPRINGS – Gardner-Webb running back Khalil Lewis and left tackle Will Millikan were each named to the inaugural Hero Sports Sophomore All-America Football Team Thursday.

Lewis (Hilton Head, S.C. / Hilton Head HS) led the Big South Conference in rushing yards per game (95.5 ypg), carrying 182 times for 955 yards in 10 starts. The 5-foot-10, 215-pound standout narrowly missed the 1,000-yard mark, with injuries sidelining him for six quarters combined in the final three weeks of the season.

Lewis did break Gardner-Webb's single-season record for rushing touchdowns, crossing the goal line 14 times to smash a mark set 20 seasons before by Shed Harris (13 TD, 1996). He finished the season ranked No. 8 nationally in rushing touchdowns, No. 10 in scoring and No. 16 in total touchdowns. Lewis also ranked No. 21 nationally in rushing in 2016.

He was part of a potent offensive attack on the ground, running for at least 100 yards five times in his 10 starts – tying teammate Tyrell Maxwell and Charleston Southern standout Mike Holloway for the Big South lead in that category.

Lewis and Maxwell became the first tandem in school history to rush for 900+ yards each in the same season.

Millikan (Pinehurst, N.C. / Pinecrest HS) started all 11 games at left tackle for the Runnin' Bulldogs, building on a freshman season that saw him start 10 games at the same position. The 6-foot-3, 301-pounder has adjusted quickly to college football, grading out at 76.4 percent on 682 snaps in 2016.

Millikan graded at better than 80 percent in three games as a sophomore and was part of an offensive line that cleared holes for Lewis and Maxwell to spearhead significant damage to opposing defenses in the ground.

Lewis and Millikan are part of a strong foundation for Gardner-Webb football moving forward, with the Runnin' Bulldogs projected to return 100 percent of its rushing yardage for the 2017 season.

The pair will be part of a group of eight starters returning on the offensive side for GWU in 2017 and part of a group of 16 starters back on offense and defense combined for next season.