Oklahoma officials still haven't announced whether junior defensive end Ronnell Lewis passed classes this summer to be eligible for the upcoming football season.
Defensive coordinator Brent Venables was asked why it's taken so long since summer classes ended nearly two weeks ago.
"I'm not the guy to ask," Venables said. "I'll coach whoever lines up at practice."
Internet message boards were active when Lewis wasn't shown in a video defensive end drill that the school posted, but Venables said Lewis is still practicing with the team.
"He's looked great," Venables said. "He's looked really good."
If Lewis is unable to play, David King moves into the starting lineup.
“Everybody gets the same amount of reps in practice,” Venables said. “It's not like (Lewis) gets 80 percent and the next guy gets 20 (percent). We have two practices going every day. We have 1's going against 3's and have the 2's going against 4's.”
That changes once the Sooners are finished with two-a-days at the end of this week and classes begin next week.
METOYER COMES UP SHORT
It appears Oklahoma signee Trey Metoyer will not play football this fall — unless he enrolls in a military school.
Metoyer, a Parade Magazine All-America wide receiver, failed this summer to gain the hours needed to play at OU, according the Tyler Morning Telegraph website, ETFinalScore.com. The site said Metoyer needed 12 hours to qualify academically but only passed nine hours while attending Tyler Junior College (Texas).
Just by graduating from Whitehouse High School this spring, Metoyer could have played for Tyler or any junior college. But once he enrolled in 12 hours at Tyler, he became a full-time student. Metoyer would be required to pass all 12 hours to become eligible at Tyler.
The junior college's football coach, Danny Palmer, told the website that Metoyer was enrolled in both summer sessions.
Metoyer could attend Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., for a year. He could play football there and try to raise his test scores and grade-point average. Metoyer would retain four years of NCAA eligibility by doing that.
Metoyer caught 108 passes for 1,540 yards and 23 touchdowns as a high school senior. He orally committed to OU before his senior season.
Palmer told ETFinalScore.com he thinks Metoyer will attend Hargrave Military Academy, unless a better option becomes available.
“I've heard that's what Oklahoma wants him to do,” Palmer said.
LEWIS TEACHING LEADERSHIP
Senior weakside linebacker Travis Lewis, sidelined by a broken toe, stills attends practices and film sessions and is maintaining his strength in the weight room.
“He's done a good job staying invested,” Venables said. “That's important. Our guys are used to that. He understands the value of bringing some guys along, the way he would if he were out there, teaching how to lead.
“That's not something where you go, ‘OK, now you're the leader,' and a guy does it. It's a process that we are all fostering together, (a process) in which you teach guys how to lead, whether it's at practice or you pull them off to the side after practice. You have to give them little things on what it's like to be a leader.”
Linebacker Tom Wort said: "When we watch film, we see (Lewis) because of the camera angle. He gets excited. We make fun of him because he keeps trying to jump on his broken foot. But he's right out there with us. He's working hard with his rehab and is lifting every day."
ALADENOYE ADJUSTING TO NEW POSITION
Josh Aladenoye, 6-foot-6, 315 pounds, was moved from offensive tackle to defensive tackle once Daryl Williams and Lane Johnson passed him on the O-line depth chart.
“He has a ways to go to fine tune his fundamentals, what his responsibilities are, a lot of little things,” Venables said. “But he has quick feet. He has athletic ability and short-area quickness. He's really strong and big, very agile for a big guy.”