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Ronnell Lewis heeds coach’s advice, heads to NFL


After confirming that Ronnell Lewis would be academically ineligible for Oklahoma’s bowl game, head coach Bob Stoops was quoted as saying it might be in Lewis’ “best interest to go on to the NFL.”

Consider the sage advice heeded, Coach Stoops.

In a pair of statements, the defensive end and his now-former head coach acknowledged Lewis’ decision to best serve his football interests and enter the April NFL draft.

“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’ statement read. “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!”

“Ronnell leaves with our best wishes,” Stoops said. “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 started 14 of the 30 games in which he played the past three years with the Sooners, and was credited with 10 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss.  The coaches named Lewis to the first-team All-Big 12 team following the 2011 season.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.