Oklahoma Sooners junior pass rusher Ronnell Lewis, who's projected to start at defensive end for the No. 1 team in the country, has been declared eligible to play this season. Lewis has dealt with a murky academic status for much of the offseason, in addition to overcoming a Fiesta Bowl injury. He's been practicing with the team, but didn't find out until two days before Oklahoma's opener that he'll be able to contribute.
Lewis has contributed 4.5 sacks in his career, playing in 11 games in 2010. Last year he recorded 38 tackles, 3.5 sacks and an interception.
The news of his eligibility isn't unexpected and had been rumored for a while, and he had been practicing with the team, but Oklahoma fans are nevertheless pumped about the news. Oklahoma's offense is championship caliber, but the question for, well, pretty much any Big 12 team is going to be on the other side of the ball. With Lewis harassing quarterbacks, the Sooners are in much better shape.
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