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Monday, December 19, 2011
DE Ronnell Lewis likely finished at OU

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Oklahoma defensive end Ronnell Lewis won't suit up for the Sooners against Iowa in the Insight Bowl, and his career at Oklahoma is likely finished.

Coach Bob Stoops said Monday that Lewis will miss the Dec. 30 Insight Bowl because of academic issues. Stoops also said he expects Lewis to declare for the NFL draft.

"I don't want to come out and speak for him, but we've talked and I feel it's in his best interest to go on to the NFL," Stoops said. "It hasn't been formalized yet, but we expect that to happen. And I'm all for it. He needs to do that. We're hopeful that will all go the right way."

Lewis put together an All-Big 12-caliber season in his first year as a full-time starter for the Sooners, but suffered an MCL sprain in a loss to Baylor. He missed the following week's game against Iowa State, but could have suited up against Oklahoma State. He was suspended because of academic issues, however.

Lewis is ranked No. 18 in the latest edition of Mel Kiper's Big Board. He is the fourth-ranked outside linebacker by Scouts Inc.

David King has started in Lewis' absence. Oklahoma's other defensive end, Frank Alexander, won Big 12 defensive player of the year honors.