Lewis headed to DII Valdosta State

Former Indiana quarterback Kellen Lewis said Saturday that he will play this year at Division II Valdosta State.

"One of my old teammates told me about it first," Lewis said. "It's a great town with great crowds and an opportunity to play at a school with a history of championships."

Lewis was dismissed by Indiana head coach Bill Lynch this spring after violating a team rule.

"He told me, 'I just can't give you another chance,'" Lewis said. "And I understand because I violated our contract. It was a bad day then but I will stay in touch with those coaches."

Lewis has one season of eligibility and hopes to start at quarterback for Valdosta State. He had been shifted to wide receiver at Indiana.

"It's like riding a bike," Lewis said. "I think it will be easier to go back to playing quarterback than it was to learn wide receiver. In the NFL I hope to be a 'Wildcat' quarterback like Pat White."

Lewis said he is 10 credits shy of a degree. Lewis was one of the best passers in Indiana history before running into suspension issues for off-field rules violations. Lewis set 16 school records at Indiana including career touchdown passes (48) and ranked second in total yards (8,072) and and third in passing yards (6,395).

Joe Schad covers college football for ESPN.