Huskers transfer Lewis charged with assault

Alex Lewis' Nebraska career is off to a very rocky start.

Lewis, an offensive lineman at Colorado who Friday said he's transferring to Nebraska, was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree assault. Colorado quarterback Jordan Webb was with Lewis and also faces charges stemming from an incident Friday night in Boulder, Colo.

Lewis, who started all 12 games last season at guard for the Buffaloes, also faces two counts of harassment. He had been expected to start for Colorado this season but asked first-year coach Mike MacIntyre for his release last month. Lewis sat out spring practice following shoulder surgery, visited Nebraska late last week and announced his transfer decision to Rivals.com.

"As for Alex Lewis, as of Friday he was off of the team when he did a media interview and announced that he is transferring to Nebraska," MacIntyre said in a prepared statement. "Since he is no longer a Colorado Buffalo, it will be up to Nebraska to decide what discipline he might face."

It will be interesting to see how Nebraska coach Bo Pelini reacts to Lewis' arrest. The timing couldn't be much worse, and as the Denver Post points out, second-degree assault is a felony in Colorado and carries a mandatory prison sentence if convicted.

Keep in mind that Nebraska hasn't officially announced Lewis' transfer to the school. Does he still have a landing spot in Lincoln? Does Pelini pull the offer?

Lewis, the son of former Nebraska All-America offensive lineman Bill Lewis, told multiple media outlets that he plans to start taking summer classes next month. If he still has the green light from Big Red, he'll have to sit out the 2013 season because of NCAA transfer rules and have two years of eligibility left.

Pelini takes a pretty hard line on player discipline. He could wait to see how Lewis' legal situation plays out, but he can't be happy about the situation. If Lewis gets a second chance with his new team, he had better treasure it.