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OU football notebook: Landry Jones says Sooner Nation needs the 'stache

Brent Venables says linebacker Ronnell Lewis is a violent hitter
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Modified: August 7, 2010 at 10:29 am •  Published: August 6, 2010

Landry 'stache-less?

Quarterback Landry Jones attended Media Day sans mustache. That will soon change.

"I had a full beard yesterday," Jones said. "I shaved for Media Day for my Mom. She wanted me to look good in the pictures. (My girlfriend) Whitney (Hand) also likes me clean shaven. But I have to grow it back. Sooner Nation needs the 'stache."

Mensik starting

Senior Eric Mensik, who started the final three games last season, one at tight end, two at offensive tackle, opens two-a-days as OU's starting right tackle. Mensik was a tight end his entire career until late last season.

"If you had told me as a freshman I'd be playing on the O-line, I'd have said you're crazy," Mensik said. "I came in as a freshman at 231. I'm 290 now. I've gained 60 pounds."

Mensik said his weight-gain diet included eating everything: hamburgers, ice cream and candy. But he quickly pointed out: "I also eat the good stuff like fruit. But I got to splurge a little because I had to gain the weight."

Ronnell's role

Ronnell Lewis primarily played on special teams last season. He recorded six tackles in his first start in the Sun Bowl. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables said the staff will find ways to get Lewis on the field at linebacker, maybe defensive end.

"We've got to give him what he can handle," Venables said. "You ask anybody to play multiple positions, then all the sudden the advantages they have with their power, strength, speed and playmaking ability, those attributes can be dumbed down to a certain degree."

Venables added: "He's the most violent hitter I've been around. I haven't been all over the place, but I've been hearing that from players that he's as violent as they come. Loves to play. Loves to be coached. He's a very hungry, humble young guy."

Safety Quinton Carter said watching Lewis, 235 pounds, play defensive end the first practice was interesting.

"He kind of looked like a bear down there," Carter said. "That's all you could really say about him. I asked some of the running backs, 'If you get call to his side, what do you think is going to happen?' That's a scary place to run."

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