All three SSHS grads competing for spots in NFL
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

August 9, 2004 - All three Sulphur Springs graduates playing in the NFL are at least second on the depth charts at their positions.

Fourth-year defensive tackle Damione Lewis is the starter at defensive tackle for the St. Louis Rams, while middle linebackers Caleb Lewis (Cincinnati Bengals) and Tyreo Harrison (Green Bay Packers) are on the second team.

Lewis (6-2, 297) will be counted on even more this year after suffering a foot injury midway through the 2003 season. His back-up, Jamie Kennedy, broke a leg last week and will likely miss the remainder the season.

Lewis, who wears No. 92, is one of only two defensive tackles on the current Rams' roster who has NFL experience. He is a 1996 graduate of SSHS, a four-year letterman with the University of Miami and a first-round draft choice (12th pick overall) in 2001.

Harrison (6-2, 238) is running second on the Packers behind starter Nick Barnett after being claimed by Green Bay upon his release from Philadelphia. He is in his first camp in Green Bay.

Harrison (No. 52) is a1998 graduate of SSHS and is in his third NFL season. He was a two-year starter at Notre Dame, and Philadelphia made him a sixth-round pick in 2002. He was mostly a special teams player for the Eagles last season, but could play back-up at both middle and strong-side linebacker for the Packers, in addition to playing in the kicking game.

Miller (6-3, 225) begins his rookie season with the Bengals after a three-year starting stint with the University of Arkansas. A 1999 graduate of SSHS, Miller was a third-round pick of Cincinnati this year.

He lines up second-team behind starter Nate Webster. Linebacker coach Ricky Hunley said Miller was "smart enough" to move over to strong-side linebacker as well as playing special teams.

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