Oklahoma DE Ronnell Lewis is eligible

Oklahoma defensive end Ronnell Lewis has been declared eligible for the 2011 season, university officials confirmed Friday.

Lewis, a junior, had been in academic limbo, but remained in practice during fall camp and the preseason. He remained on the depth chart and was working with the Sooners' first unit, but Oklahoma officials had been unable to confirm his NCAA eligibility throughout the preseason

Big news for the Sooners, who get their best pass-rusher back on the field.

The coaches must have had a good feeling Lewis would be on the field, though. If not, those would be a lot of wasted reps with the first team.

But Oklahoma fans can breathe a sigh of relief after finally getting some good news this offseason.