OU's Ryan Broyles and Travis Lewis ponder their pro futures
BY GUERIN EMIG World Sports Writer
Thursday, December 16, 2010
12/16/10 at 5:38 AM
NORMAN – It remains uncertain whether Ryan Broyles or Travis Lewis, Oklahoma's two most draftable underclassmen, will return for their senior seasons.
Broyles, the Sooners' record-breaking consensus All-American receiver, said Wednesday he won't decide until after the Jan. 1 Fiesta Bowl. He will, however, file paperwork and game film with the NFL draft advisory committee.
"They tell you to pick three of your best games since you've been here," Broyles said. "I haven't chosen that yet. I'm going to talk to my coach (Jay Norvell) about that and send it in tomorrow."
The advisory committee evaluates the tape and provides any draft-eligible underclassman a draft round grade or projection.
It is a process that does not bind underclassmen to the draft, but rather becomes a resource designed to enhance a more informed decision.
It's unclear whether Lewis, OU's All-Big 12 linebacker and leading tackler, has filed paperwork, or whether he will do so (the deadline to file is Friday). He has not been available for interviews since OU's Big 12 championship victory over Nebraska on Dec. 4.
"I don't know if he has intentions to do that or not," said defensive coordinator Brent Venables. "He did it a year ago."
Venables' impression is that Lewis will return.
"He's had a very good year. But I think Travis is not easily satisfied when he self-evaluates," Venables said. "He knows there's more for him to have. He wants to dominate the game and feels like he's capable of doing that if he's purposeful in what he does the next six to eight months."
Broyles was not ready to disclose his future intentions Wednesday.
"I love playing here," he said. "I've thought about it a little bit, but I haven't decided what I want to do. ... I'm not going to make any decision until after the bowl game for sure."
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