Junior Ronnell Lewis, or "The Hammer" as he is known at OU, is an absolute man-child.
He is 6'2, 244 pounds and runs a 4.5 forty. In high school, Lewis was a monster running back, but upon his arrival at OU, it was clear that he would be best on the defensive side of the ball.
During his freshman season, Lewis was mainly a special teams star. He tied for a team-high 11 special teams tackles and actually got to start one game, in which he recorded six tackles and one forced fumble.
Last season, Lewis and the coaching staff tried to find a position that best fit his ability. He ended up starting the last four games as a defensive end/linebacker hybrid. He finished with 37 tackles (5 for loss) and 3.5 sacks.
This year, Lewis is going to be a full-time starter with the potential to do some great things. He will be playing a hybrid position again, which will likely be tough to contain for opposing offenses. He will have to step up and be a leader on the defense this season with All-American senior linebacker Travis Lewis out for the first five games.
Ronnell Lewis has had an interesting offseason, though, and his availability for the season opener against Tulsa is still up in the air, even with the game only a few days away. Coach Bob Stoops said that "it's not fair" to discuss his eligibility because he is still a college student. I'm sure a lot of OU fans will be nervously checking the status of Lewis up until kickoff on Saturday.
Hopefully he'll get everything in order, because he's going to be a huge part of their defense.