Lewis Off to a Fast Start…

Who is the leading tackler for the Sooners heading in to game three against Washington? It may surprise some people to find out that it is Travis Lewis, who was not even slated to start heading in to week number one.

For the second consecutive week Oklahoma weakside linebacker Travis Lewis led the Sooner defense in tackles.

"I think we owe it all to the preparation we put in through the week," Lewis said humbly when talking about the performance.

"We put in a lot of hours. We lose a lot of sleep, but I guess in the end - when you get that win - it is really worth it."

Lewis has been a defensive stalwart throughout the first two games of the season, but he has yet to earn the distinction of even being the starter at his position.

Heading in to the UT-Chattanooga game Mik Balogun was listed as the starter, but Lewis was indeed the guy who would get the starting nod.

Heading in to the Cincy game, fresh off of a solid first week performance, he was only listed as a co-starter alongside both Balogun and Box.

"It is big," Lewis responded when asked what he thought about the back-to-back starts.

"Especially when you do not know from one week to another when you are going to start, or whether you are going to play or not. So, just take it how it comes and enjoy it while you are out there."

Lewis had some off of the field issues that put him in the doghouse entering in to fall camp, and that is probably a huge reason why he is still battling hard to keep his spot with the first team defense.

He admits that he has had to work really hard to get back in to the good graces of the coaching staff, and he is grateful of his opportunity to be out there on the field.

"I have had a lot of hurdles," Lewis admitted. "I definitely have not made the right decision a couple of times, but just to be in this spot and be in this point in time, it's a blessing."

Fresh off of two strong performances and permission to meet with the media Lewis will at least be entering the week with a much better chance to be named the starter at WLB.

It is certainly a big step in the right direction when the head coach vouches for your play.

"Travis did seem to really play well," OU head coach Bob Stoops added. "He was in position, hustled around, (and) made plays. He gets better and better. He has a chance to be a really good player if he keeps working like he is."

Lewis is off to a hot start, but the competition for the job will remain all year long, as Box will certainly get better day-by-day.

"Competition makes you better," Lewis explained. "Halfway through the week he was in there and halfway through the week I was in there, so we did not really know until actually today who was gonna get the start."

"We are all really good friends and the competition is great, so it can only make you better."


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