Oklahoma linebacker Nik Bonitto announced on Monday that he is returning for the 2021 football season.
Oklahoma's Nik Bonitto will return for the 2021 football season, fortifying a defense that’s continuing its evolution under defensive coordinator Alex Grinch.
The outside linebacker made his announcement with a social media video.
“Unfinished business …. Sooner nation we are coming for number 8” is what Bonitto posted in his message tagged to the video.
Bonitto was an Associated Press All-America second-team selection. In 2020, he finished with 11 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks.
The Oklahoma defense lost Ronnie Perkins to the NFL draft, but will return Jalen Redmond, who opted out last season. OU is also expected to return Isaiah Thomas and Perrion Winfrey.
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WR Charleston Rambo
Transfer destination: Miami
Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Charleston Rambo (14) runs past Texas Tech Red Raiders defensive back Zech McPhearson (8) during the NCAA football game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World
QB Tanner Mordecai
Transfer destination: SMU
Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Tanner Mordecai (15) attempts a pass during a NCAA football game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Kansas Jayhawks in Norman, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World
QB Chandler Morris
Transfer destination: TCU
Oklahoma quarterback Chandler Morris (4) drags Iowa State defensive back Greg Eisworth II (12) into the end zone while scoring a touchdown during the Big 12 Championship game between Iowa State and Oklahoma at AT&T Stadium in Arlington,Texas on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World
RB T.J. Pledger
Transfer destination: Utah
Oklahoma running back T.J. Pledger (5) runs past Baylor safety JT Woods (22) during a NCAA football game between Oklahoma and Baylor in Norman, Okla. on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World
LB Jon-Michael Terry
Transfer destination: Tulsa
Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Jon-Michael Terry (40) tackles Kansas Jayhawks running back Pooka Williams Jr. (1) during the NCAA football game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Kansas Jayhawks at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium Lawrence, Kansas on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World
S Robert Barnes
Oklahoma Sooners safety Robert Barnes (20) makes an intercepts a pass intended for Florida Atlantic Owls wide receiver Willie Wright (1) during the NCAA football game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Florida Atlantic Owls at Gaylord Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2018. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World Tulsa
TE Jalin Conyers
Transfer destination: Arizona State
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OL Trent Pullen
Photo by TYLER DRABEK/for the Tulsa World
WR Landon Wolf
Oklahoma State's Landon Wolf (right) heads for the end zone under pressure from Iowa State's Greg Eisworth (left) and Braxton Lewis during a football game at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Tulsa World File
LB Carson Kropp
Oklahoma State's Relijah Sherman (left), Carson Kropp and Johnny Wilson (right) take the field againsty Baylor during a football game in Stillwater, Okla., on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Tulsa World File
RB Micah Cooper
Photo by TYLER DRABEK/for the Tulsa World
QB Shaun Taylor
Oklahoma State's Shaun Taylor attempts a pass during practice at Sherman E. Smith Training Center in Stillwater on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World
TE Jelani Woods
Transfer destination: Virginia
Oklahoma State's Jelani Woods is open as he runs into the end zone against Texas during a football game in Stillwater, Okla., on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Tulsa World File
WR Dee Anderson
Kansas cornerback Karon Prunty (9) breaks up a pass intended for Oklahoma State wide receiver Dee Anderson (11) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)