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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sun Bowl will be Reynolds' last OU game

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Oklahoma linebacker Ryan Reynolds won't be back next season after the NCAA denied him a chance at a sixth season of eligibility.

Reynolds has battled injuries throughout his career, including three major knee surgeries while playing for the Sooners.

It will mean the Dec. 31 Brut Sun Bowl game against Stanford will be his final one for the Sooners.

Reynolds received a perfect grade from Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables for his work against Baylor last season. He sustained a season-ending knee injury the following week against Texas that kept him from returning.

He won back his starting  job this season and started 11 games before missing the Oklahoma State game with a hamstring injury sustained against Texas Tech. He had 67 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

Even after his injuries, Oklahoma coaches loved his techniques and the stability he brought to the Sooners' defense. That will be a big loss for them as they rebuild for the 2010 season.

T'hey hoped to build around him again during the 2010 season. It means that Austin Box and Ronnell Lewis will challenge for the starting position at middle linebacker. The Sooners also will lose starting strongside linebacker Keenan Clayton, but will return Travis Lewis at the weakside position.