Ronnell Lewis Officially Declares For NFL

NORMAN, Okla. — Head coach Bob Stoops informally announced it the other day, but defensive end Ronnell Lewis made it official Thursday afternoon: he's headed to the National Football League.

"After meeting with my family and coaches and gathering input from various resources, including the NFL, I've carefully weighed my options and have decided to forego my senior year at OU and enter the 2012 NFL Draft," Lewis said in a statement. "My time at OU has produced many fond memories and I hope to keep close ties with my friends, teammates, coaches, football staff and everyone at OU who has helped me along the way. I'd like to personally thank the University of Oklahoma and Coach Stoops for giving me the opportunity to be a Sooner and play on Saturdays in front of the best fans in the country.

"Without the support of my coaches, my family and so many others, I wouldn't be where I am today. I'll definitely miss my time in Norman, but I'm looking forward to what the future holds. Boomer Sooner!"

In response, Stoops offered these comments:

"Ronnell leaves with our best wishes. He managed several challenges while playing here, but always worked hard and gave us his very best effort. He has the skill to be a successful NFL player and we feel he'll do well there. As with any of our players who reach for the top level, he won't have any bigger fans than those of us at OU."

Lewis finishes his OU career with 20.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks, including 13.0 and 5.5 tackles for loss and sacks, respectively, this year.

He also had 119 total tackles throughout his three years and recorded a pair of interceptions, three forced fumbles and nine passes broken up.

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