Media Day Q&A: Defensive End Ronnell Lewis

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated caught up with defensive end Ronnell Lewis during OU's Media Day for a Q&A session.

Q-You can do it all, but where do you want to be on the field?

A-Linebacker, defensive end, safety, you know. Wherever the coaches put me, I'm comfortable and I want to play that job just because I know they know what's best for us and the team.

Q-Do you feel an urgency to get to the title game?

A-Yeah, I feel it, and, you know, he expresses it every day in the locker and out there on the field. You know, we've all got a big 12 ring. We want that big national championship ring, and that's what we've all been working for in the spring and in the summer, and I feel like we have a good shot this year. We're just going to stay positive and, you know, just keep moving forward each opponent one day at a time.

Q-How hard is it to pick up the role of pressuring the quarterback left behind by former star defensive end Jeremy Beal?

A-You know, Jeremy, he builds shoes that are hard shoes to fill, but I'm going to do my best. He's a great player and athletic, and I'm just going to play my game, and hopefully me just setting standards, you know, be a great player as well. And that's all I can do right now.

Q-How do you feel the defense is coming along?

A-I believe we're pretty solid, I mean, in all areas. I mean, we're a good defense and the coaches know what they're doing and the players are really positive and really looking forward to this, you know, fall and we're doing everything we can to prepare for Tulsa and every other team, and I feel like we have a good shot at it.

Q-If someone's out of line is Travis Lewis the first to get on them?

A-You already know. He coaches, I mean, that's just the way it is. As a leader, he's going to speak up before somebody's slacking, and, you know, that's what we like. You know, guys like that you want on your team because a lot of teams don't have that, and we're fortunate to have him pick up a lot of guys. And, you know, we feed off that, and that makes us work harder and practice harder.

Q-With your other increased roles, are you still going to bring it on special teams?

A-Yes sir, that's not going to change. Every time I step on the field I'm going to bring something. You know, otherwise it'd be a letdown, so I'm going to give it my all.

Q-What made you come to OU?

A-Yeah, I loved the tradition of Oklahoma. When I first saw the campus, it was just like the coaches, you know, that's great. But what inspired me to come here, I mean, is it felt like home, and I know they're a winning team, and I liked that. They have a lot of tradition, and I'm all for that, and, you know, like my hometown, I just feel comfortable here.

Q-How has this last year been for you with some roller coaster emotions?

A-It's been a great roll. I can tell you I've had my ups and downs, but a lot of guys would have fell off I felt like. But I kept pushing myself and motivating myself to just keep pushing through the hard times and, you know, just enjoying life and enjoying my college experience and playing football and the University of Oklahoma. And a lot of guys can't say that, and I'm really fortunate to say that I've, you know, played here and went to school here and made things happen with my life.

Q-What makes this team special?

A-Different guys on the team, you know, once you get closer, you know, be around them all the time. You know, that's like another family besides your family at home. You know, we're so close and we depend on each other. We have each others' backs, and that's what makes, you know, this team so important to me, and I feel like that's what makes it important to them, too.

Q-How hungry does it make you knowing that there were games last year when you gave up too many points?

A-For any time, for us, I know we're a team that as anybody, you know, we don't allow 20, 30, 40 points scored on us. We're a big defensive, offensive powerhouse team, and, you know, we're going to feed off that this coming fall and just like you said, we've got that in the back of our mind. We're going to bring it this fall.

Q-What are your expectations for the D-line?

A-My expectations for the defensive line is, you know, we're going to work hard. We're going to be physical as always. And, you know, Geneo Grissom and Chuka [Ndulue], you know, they're great, young, athletic, you know, defensive ends, and I feel like they're going to play a big role. And, you know, they're going to step up, and I feel like they have the potential to play in the games and be some good playmakers. You know, they're young, but they know what they're doing, and they're physical and they're going to play hard, and, you know, that's what we like about them and our defensive line, our whole defensive line.

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