Where Are They Now? USC football's Quinton Lewis

01/28/2014 12:34 PM

01/28/2014 12:45 PM

Quinton Lewis was a senior on the South Carolina 1984 Black Magic team that finished 10-2.

The Midway, Ga., native was one of a trio of running backs that included Kent Hagood and USC Hall of Famer Thomas Dendy that rushed for combined 1,823 yards in Coach Joe Morrison's veer offense, 598 of that total from Lewis.

"That was a very special year," Lewis said. "We had a lot of talented guys. We didn't have a lot of pros, but we had lots of good, solid guys. We played together, and really just had fun.

"It started with the coaching. Joe Mo really knew football inside and out, but what he and the other coaches knew how to do was teach us the game. He had us focused on one thing."

After graduation, Lewis joined the Army, and over his 20 years, he was based from Virginia, Texas and Georgia, including deployment to Iraq during Desert Storm. He took 18 months off after his retirement in 2006, and then began working in 2008 as a government contractor, before retiring for good last month.

Currently Lewis lives in Huntsville, Ala., and he hasn't found many birds of a feather in that state.

"A lot of the guys I worked with were Bama and Auburn fans," he said. "There ain't a lot of us Gamecock fans around here, so I carry the torch."

Over the years, Lewis has done his best to keep up with the Gamecocks, and he has watched a lot of the televised games.

He was in Columbia for the 25th anniversary celebration of the 1984 squad in 2009, and he gathered up kids - Victoria (23), Courtney (19), Cierra (17), and Quinton, Jr. (12) - and drove four hours to Lexington, Ky., in 2012 to see the Gamecock face the Wildcats.

Lewis said he couldn't be more proud of where the Gamecocks' program is today.

"You've got the right guy in Steve Spurrier to get the talent in there," he said. "It's all about talent. Much like we did, the kids in the program now have learned how to work hard, play hard and win. It's great to see them doing so well in the SEC. I'm still very proud to be a Gamecock."

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