Wyoming sophomore safety Xavier Lewis is recovering from a stroke he sustained on Wednesday night, according to Mike Vorel of the Casper Star-Tribune.
Lewis, an Aurora, Colo., native was in his apartment on Wednesday when his roommate, sophomore tight end Eric Nzeocha, noticed Lewis began having trouble speaking.
According to Lewis' father, Quentin Lewis, Nzeocha immediately recognized the symptoms of the stroke and drove Lewis to Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie. From there, Lewis was life-flighted to Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colo. Lewis was admitted at midnight Thursday morning and is still undergoing tests there.
"Eric Nzeocha saved him," Quentin Lewis said. "You have to give him the most accolades ever. The kids that have now stood behind Xavier, to me as a parent, that’s the best thing in the world."
Nzeocha and wide receiver Justin Berger drove to Colorado to visit Lewis in the hospital. Several coaches either did the same or called, including head coach Craig Bohl.
Quentin Lewis said the family has no history of strokes, and that Xavier has never had serious health issues in the past.
In two seasons at Wyoming, Xavier has recorded 27 tackles. He was awarded the Denver Post's 2012 Gold Helmet Award as the state of Colorado's top senior high school football player.
- Mike Fiammetta