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.