NORMAN — Linebacker Ronnell Lewis delivered several memorable hits during his freshman season. To him, none more memorable than when he knocked Kansas’ Dezmon Briscoe out of the game with a pop to Briscoe’s chest on the game’s second kickoff. From there, Lewis, nicknamed "The Hammer” for his ferocious hits, made rapid progression and eventually got the starting nod at linebacker against Stanford in the Sun Bowl and played a big role in OU’s 31-27 win. As Lewis looks to build on his banner freshman season, he answered questions following OU’s second spring practice: → How different is life for you, now as The Hammer? "I went with it, took it all in. Starting in the bowl game, it was a great experience. Afterward, I kept taking steps forward as far as getting better, knowing what I need to do. I think it’s helped me a lot.” →You had a great freshman season. What have you done to keep from getting a big head and keep working to get better? "I’ve kept a level head my whole high school recruiting process. I can’t let things get to my head. I stay down to earth.” →Why do you go home to Dewar so often on weekends? "I’m comfortable around my hometown, where I grew up. I like going home. It helps me stay out of trouble, just take care of my son, I’m a family man.” →Do you take pride in being a big hitter? "I’m real physical on the field. I’m going to give it everything I have, hitting, running, do whatever they want me to do. I give 100 percent at all times.” →Is that something you want to be known for? "I want to be known as a hard worker, someone who leaves it all out on the field. Special teams, defense, it doesn’t matter where. I just want to leave it out on the field.” →How important was your performance in the Sun Bowl for this spring and everything going forward? "It was big. Going through the season, I was kind of doubting myself thinking I might have to sit the year out. The year went on, I started picking up calls and stuff we’ve been working on in practice. My chance came, and I took advantage of it.” →Coach (Brent) Venables says he’s trying you out at different positions this spring. How is that going? "I started out at Sam coming in, was kind of difficult with the schemes, terminology, that I was supposed to be picking up so quick. Now, I’m playing Sam and Mike, and even moving to D-end here and there. It’s kind of hard to manage, but I just gotta focus, come in and watch extra film. I just want to go out there, whatever position they put me at, work hard and do whatever it takes to play or have a chance to play and start.” →What do you remember about being hypnotized days before the Sun Bowl? "I blacked out. The guy said if you want to join, do all this. So I did. I woke up, sitting there sweating, like ‘where am I at?’ I didn’t feel right. I walked out of the room to get some air. I won’t be doing that again.”Comments
Ronnell Lewis→Position: Linebacker/defensive end →Year: Sophomore →Ht: 6-2 →Wt: 235 →Hometown: Dewar →High school: Dewar
Noteworthy→Nicknamed "The Hammer.” →Finished with 22 tackles, two forced fumbles, one sack and a fumble recovery during his freshman season. →Played 8-man ball in high school.