Modified: September 26, 2008 at 12:13 am •  Published: September 26, 2008
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•Leaning on Reynolds: For all the success redshirt freshman Travis Lewis is enjoying at linebacker, leading the Sooners in tackles, he's only accepting partial credit.

Much of the credit, Lewis said, belongs with the man next to him — middle linebacker Ryan Reynolds.

"He's a rock,” Lewis said. "He gets me lined up. He gets me in the right place. He makes all the calls, so I don't have to worry about making the right calls, because he's out there doing it for me. So I have more time to think about where I'm supposed to be.

"I wouldn't be half the player I am right now without him. I'm still young. I'm just following in his footsteps.”

•Raising Arizona: While Stoops had last weekend off, his brothers Mike and Mark Stoops were winning an important game against Pac-10 rival UCLA, 31-10.

Brother Bob kept an eye on that game, yet only a tentative eye, until the Wildcats pulled away with a big fourth quarter.

"I peek at Mike's games,” said Bob. "I have a hard time staying to watch the entire thing. It's always been that way, just because I'm so connected. It's not just Mike, but my brother Mark as well.

"I figure, ‘It's my day off, why get worked up like I'm playing a game?' It's the same kind of emotions, same stress. I just kind of spot-check it.

"Obviously, I watched the last five minutes. Once I peeked and saw what it was, I finished watching.”

By John Helsley




Sooners linebacker Ryan Reynolds, front, has become a mentor to redshirt freshman Travis Lewis. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

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