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Kellen Lewis dismissed from football team

IU quarterback Kellen Lewis runs with the ball during a game against Minnesota on Oct. 6, 2007 at Memorial Stadium.

IU football coach Bill Lynch announced today that senior wide receiver Kellen Lewis has been dismissed from the IU football team for violating team rules.

In a statement released through IU media relations, Lynch said he was not pleased with his former player’s judgment.

“We are disappointed to have to make this decision,” Lynch said. “When you have expectations of those on your team that are not met, you need to do what is ultimately in the overall best interest of your program.”

IU Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass said he supported Lynch’s stance on the situation.

“Today’s action underscores that no individual student-athlete, regardless of talent or popularity, is above the expectations of Indiana University,” Glass said, according to the statement.

In three years as IU’s quarterback, Lewis joined Antwaan Randle El as the only IU quarterback to produce 40 passing touchdowns, 6,250 passing yards, 8,000 total yards, 525 completions and 975 attempts in a career.

After a breakout freshman season, Lewis was named a second team All-Big Ten selection as a sophomore in the 2007-2008 season. Injuries forced him to split time with junior quarterback Ben Chappell last season, as he appeared in only 10 games and rotated from the quarterback and wide receiver positions.

He saw time primarily at the wide receiver position in spring football and was set to play wide receiver next fall.

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