Lewis Announces Decision to Return to OU

NORMAN, Okla. — Great news is in from Sooner Land this afternoon, as linebacker Travis Lewis announced that he will return to OU for the 2011 season.

"I'm coming back to win a national championship, point blank," Lewis said. "Anything else would be a disappointment. That is the main goal. This is a program built on a tradition of championships, and I intend on being here for another one."

So, he cited the ultimate college football accomplishment as the biggest reason for returning to this history-rich program, but there was also something else, his deep appreciation for OU.

"I woke up this morning and realized I had made my decision that I was coming back," Lewis said. "I don't want to give up being a Sooner yet. I'm having too much fun as one, and this is an amazing place to be."

Needless to say, head coach Bob Stoops was thrilled with the decision, for more reasons than one.

"I compliment Travis not only on being a great player, but on making a good decision for his future," Stoops said. "He is giving himself the chance to improve his status and opportunity with another year of college ball. He'll work hard physically and he'll have another year of playing experience. All of that will translate well to the NFL."

And he'll boost the defense big time.

"Travis is a captain who has been a major spark and leader for us," Stoops said. "Having him back can only improve our team and defense."

Lewis has played three seasons, and he's led OU in tackles in all three of those.

Lewis finished with 109 tackles this season after posting equally as many in the 2009 campaign and a freshman record 144 tackles back in 2008.

No player has ever led the program in tackles for four straight years.

His 362 career tackles ranks ninth in school history, and this year he became the first player since linebacker Rocky Calmus to move into the Top 10 in that category.

Lewis, at eight, is also tied with Sam Allen (1951-52) for the most career interceptions by a Sooner linebacker.

His return means that the Sooners will return all but three starters on the defensive side of the football, with seniors defensive end Jeremy Beal and safeties Quinton Carter and Jonathan Nelson, leaving to graduation.

This decision is something he previously had hinted towards when, during the Fiesta Bowl postgame press conference, he said that "we" have a lot of guys coming back for next year on defense.

He quickly covered it up for the time being.

"I haven't decided yet," Lewis said. "I love being a Sooner. There is nothing better than playing for this university. So, it is going to be hard to give up. No decision [yet]."

But it took him only four days to make that decision.

Putting an end to the speculation Lewis posted on his Facebook Wednesday, "Well the decision has been made. I will be coming back to Oklahoma for my senior year! Boomer Sooner."

Lewis is coming back, so now the biggest question becomes will slot receiver Ryan Broyles return?

If the same factors influence his decision in the same way, he just might.

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