OU notebook: No update on Ronnell Lewis

The defensive end did practice on Monday.
by Michael Baldwin Published: August 22, 2011

Fall classes started on Monday, but it's still uncertain whether junior defensive end Ronnell Lewis will be eligible this season.

"He still is working on some family matters," coach Bob Stoops said. "But he did practice today and looked good. We'll see where that goes. Whenever anything's definitive I will say so.”

Summer classes ended more than two weeks ago. There are several rumors why the process has taken so long.

“I know you have to chase leads, but a lot of what you chase is inaccurate,” Stoops said.

KING BIGGER, STRONGER

If Lewis is ruled ineligible, junior David King would move into the starting lineup. King has increased his weight to 275 pounds.

"I'm a little heavier and got a lot stronger this summer," King said. "It gives me some extra punch on that offensive tackle.”

Defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright said King's improvement can be attributed to a strong work ethic.

"He's up to 275, but he's down to running a 4.6 40," Wright said. “Not only is he bigger and stronger, he's much faster. Most of it is maturity and eating right. David is kind of a weight room nut. He's a workout guy. He loves the weight room and works his tail off in there.”

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by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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