Oklahoma Sooners 2011: How Will the Linebackers Look Without Travis Lewis?

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Oklahoma Sooners 2011: How Will the Linebackers Look Without Travis Lewis?
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Lewis celebrates a hard-fought vitory of rivals Texas at the Cotton Bowl last year.

Shades of 2009 are creeping in and it is making everyone in Norman a little nervous.

Two years ago saw a lineup full of NFL talent become riddled with injuries. This included incumbent Heisman winner Sam Bradford (totaled two quarters of play) and future first-rounder Jermaine Gresham (never stepped on the field). The offensive line began to pile up on the trainer’s table as well and the lack of depth showed.

This year, preseason All American linebacker Travis Lewis is out seven more weeks with a broken bone in his foot. Travis led the team in tackles three straight seasons.

Another hole was created when senior middle linebacker Austin Box tragically died this summer.

Not to fear, Sooner Nation. It seems two-time Coach of the Year Bob Stoops has learned from his mistakes in the past and has recruited deeply at the position. Even though Lewis’ talent will be missed on the field for the beginning of the season, the Sooners are loaded in the middle of their defense.

How do each of the three linebacker positions look, sans Travis Lewis?

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