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OU notebook: Ronnell Lewis' status remains uncertain

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: August 17, 2011

Oklahoma officials still haven't announced whether junior defensive end Ronnell Lewis passed classes this summer to be eligible for the upcoming football season.

Defensive coordinator Brent Venables was asked why it's taken so long since summer classes ended nearly two weeks ago.

"I'm not the guy to ask," Venables said. "I'll coach whoever lines up at practice."

Internet message boards were active when Lewis wasn't shown in a video defensive end drill that the school posted, but Venables said Lewis is still practicing with the team.

"He's looked great," Venables said. "He's looked really good."

If Lewis is unable to play, David King moves into the starting lineup.

“Everybody gets the same amount of reps in practice,” Venables said. “It's not like (Lewis) gets 80 percent and the next guy gets 20 (percent). We have two practices going every day. We have 1's going against 3's and have the 2's going against 4's.”

That changes once the Sooners are finished with two-a-days at the end of this week and classes begin next week.

METOYER COMES UP SHORT

It appears Oklahoma signee Trey Metoyer will not play football this fall — unless he enrolls in a military school.

Metoyer, a Parade Magazine All-America wide receiver, failed this summer to gain the hours needed to play at OU, according the Tyler Morning Telegraph website, ETFinalScore.com. The site said Metoyer needed 12 hours to qualify academically but only passed nine hours while attending Tyler Junior College (Texas).

Just by graduating from Whitehouse High School this spring, Metoyer could have played for Tyler or any junior college. But once he enrolled in 12 hours at Tyler, he became a full-time student. Metoyer would be required to pass all 12 hours to become eligible at Tyler.

The junior college's football coach, Danny Palmer, told the website that Metoyer was enrolled in both summer sessions.

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