Sooners LB Lewis coming back for senior year

Oklahoma linebacker Travis Lewis is coming back for his senior season, rather than enter the NFL draft.

"I’m coming back to win a national championship, point blank" Lewis said in a release. "Anything else would be a disappointment. That is the main goal. This is a program built on a tradition of championships and I intend on being here for another one."

Lewis has 362 career tackles, notching at least 108 stops in each of his three seasons on the field for the Sooners. That ranks ninth all-time in Oklahoma history.

"I woke up this morning and realized I had made my decision that I was coming back," he said. "I don’t want to give up being a Sooner yet. I’m having too much fun as one and this is an amazing place to be."

If Lewis leads the Sooners in tackles in 2011, he'll become the first Oklahoma player ever to lead the Sooners in tackles for four consecutive seasons. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said he advised both Lewis and receiver Ryan Broyles to come back for their senior seasons.

"I compliment Travis not only on being a great player, but on making a good decision for his future," Stoops said. "He is giving himself the chance to improve his status and opportunity with another year of college ball. He’ll work hard physically and he’ll have another year of playing experience. All of that will translate well to the NFL."

Oklahoma should have legitimate national championship aspirations in 2011, but those would grow exponentially if Broyles followed Lewis' lead. He's the next Sooner with a big decision to make, and has until Jan. 15 to make it.

If he comes back, you'll almost certainly have to look no lower than the top 5 to find Oklahoma in next year's preseason poll.