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Travis Lewis hints at staying

Jake Trotter Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:53 pm •  Published: December 30, 2010

Junior linebacker Travis Lewis sure sounded this week like somebody who’s leaning toward coming back to OU for another season.

“I want to win and I love winning,” Lewis said. I’ve played in a national championship and I haven’t won it. There’s a team coming back that’s capable of doing it and that’s huge for me. We’ve got a lot of people thinking about coming back.

“I know (receiver) Ryan (Broyles) is considering coming back and that’s huge. We’ll have basically our whole offense coming back and we’ll lose a couple of guys on defense but we lost a couple of guys on defense last year and people said we were going to take a big hit. We kept on moving, so this team is capable of great things.”

Bob Stoops and defensive coordinator Brent Venables are both advising Lewis to return, since it’s unlikely he’ll be a first round pick.

“I’ll let him speak for himself, but he needs to come back and improve himself in a variety of areas and not go somewhere for a discount,” Venables said. “He’s had a very good year, but I think Travis is not easily satisfied where he self-evaluates. He knows that there’s more for him to have. He wants to dominate the game and he feels like he’s capable of doing that if he’s purposeful in what he does in regards to the next six, 10 months.”

Lewis appears to be taking that advice to heart:

“If I would have played lights out this season and been an All-American and everything like that, coach V would tell me it’s my time. But I didn’t. I made second-team All Big-12. That’s disappointing to me. I helped the team in spurts, but I didn’t help them enough.

“Do I have unfinished business? I do.”

-JT

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