Ranking the Most Important on Defense: No. 5

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated is just days away now from the top spot with today's version of the defensive countdown.

No. 5:

Player: Ronnell Lewis

Position: Starting defensive end

The rundown: "The Hammer" made a name for himself his freshman year with his ferocious hits in kickoff coverage, and he carried that over into last year when he shifted into a hybrid defensive end. Lewis played in 11 games, starting the final four. One of those featured a career-high tackling performance against Oklahoma State, as he racked up eight. His next game was nothing less than impressive, too, when he recorded seven tackles in the Big 12 Championship vs. Nebraska. On the season, he Lewis had 37 total tackles, including five for loss and 3.5 sacks. He also had an interception, fumble recovery and three PBU's.

Expectations for 2011: Obviously, Lewis' eligibility is a major concern for this defense and this team. The Sooners need this guy on the field. But will he get through the NCAA Clearinghouse? That is the question and one that could potentially completely change the scope of the season for OU. Expect him to have a great chance to be First Team All-Big 12 if he's in the lineup. Lewis has big time playmaking ability on the edge and will wreak havoc on opposing offenses.


No. 25: Julian Wilson

No. 24: James Haynes

No. 23: Geneo Grissom

No. 22: Joe Powell

No. 21: Quentin Hayes

No. 20: Torrea Peterson

No. 19: Jaydan Bird

No. 18: R.J. Washington

No. 17: David King

No. 16: Sam Proctor

No. 15: Joseph Ibiloye

No. 14: Stacy McGee

No. 13: Javon Harris

No. 12: Casey Walker

No. 11: Gabe Lynn

No. 10: Aaron Colvin

No. 9: Tony Jefferson

No. 8: Jamell Fleming

No. 7: Demontre Hurst

No. 6: Jamarkus McFarland

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