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December 20, 2011

Attrition hitting Sooners hard

NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops confirmed Monday that the squad Oklahoma will take to Arizona next week will be significantly slimmer than the one that began the season.

Stoops confirmed junior defensive end Ronnell Lewis won’t play in the Insight Bowl due to academic reasons and is expected to the declare for the NFL draft.

“I don’t want to come out and speak for him, but we’ve talked and I feel it’s in his best interest to do that, to go ahead and go on to the NFL,” Stoops said. “I guess it hasn’t been formalized yet, but we expect that to happen and I’m all for it. He needs to do that. We’re hopeful that will all go the right way.”

Lewis is far from the only Sooner with eligibility remaining to have played his last game in the crimson and cream.

Stoops also said freshman Brandon Williams, who was already ruled out of the game due to a neck injury, has been granted his release and will transfer to another school. Several media outlets reported on Monday that Williams, a former five-star recruit, is expected to land at Texas A&M.

“The primary reasons (for Williams’ decision to transfer) were family issues, and that’s OK,” Stoops said.

Williams is from Brookshire, Texas, which is a suburb of Houston and about 70 miles from the Texas A&M campus.

Stoops did not confirm, yet did not refute reports that defensive tackle Josh Aladenoye and defensive back James Haynes have decided to leave the program.

Haynes, a redshirt freshman, played a special teams role in six of the Sooners’ 12 games. Aladenoye played in 10 games as an offensive tackle last season. He was moved to defensive tackle in the preseason. He played in OU’s first four games, but did not see the field in the final eight.

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