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Q&A: Having better hair than Landry Jones not the only similarities in Blake Bell, Drew Allen

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: August 29, 2011
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It's an unpopular topic: what to do if the starting quarterback gets hurt.

But Oklahoma should be in good hands if the backup quarterbacks have anything to say about it.


Sophomore Drew Allen and redshirt freshman Blake Bell are battling for OU's backup quarterback position behind Landry Jones.

First off, what about the hair? Both you guys have Landry Jones beat by a mile with your hair.

Bell: “Yeah, you're right. We got the good hair. Quarterbacks have to look good.”

Allen: “Blake's got the hair, shove it and fade it up to the top. I'm only growing it out because of my mom. She's coming to visit, and she said, ‘your hair better be long.'”

How has your relationship developed over the last year or so, battling for the backup spot?

Bell: “Me and Drew, we've been pretty good friends. Like Coach (Josh) Heupel says, we're a group. We're a team. We're not going to veer off.

Allen: “We just feed off each other. We're really good friends. We do a lot of stuff together off the field. Really tight-knit group. Go to a movie, go to dinner. We all live in the same neighborhood. Landry will call, and they'll come over”

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DUO THEY MOST RESEMBLE

Starsky and Hutch

Allen is a lot like Ben Stiller's character, David Starsky, a streetwise cop, a curious risk taker.

Bell is more like Owen Wilson's character, Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson, laid back, easy going.

“I'm kind of the chill guy,” Bell said. “Drew is a real funny guy. He's the chirper. But it's funny. You laugh most of the time.”

And they make a great team.

“Get us together and we'll get after somebody,” Bell said. “If someone slips up and says something wrong we'll stay on the thing. If somebody says something Drew will chirp in.”

FROM THE COACH

Offensive coordinator Josh Heupel on OU quarterbacks

“Landry has better command of our overall offense. He understands what we're doing and how the defense dictates where we're going with the football. He's a lot better with his recognition of defenses. Blake Bell and Drew Allen make sure to get better each and every day. We've seen a lot of growth out of Blake so we're excited about the progress he's made. Drew is taking care of (the football), communicating well and playing up tempo so we're really impressed with Drew as well.”

OU QUARTERBACKS DYNAMIC DUO

Dave Robertson and Kerry Jackson, 1972

The Sooners on occasion have used two quarterbacks. But rarely week to week, and usually because they needed to. Not because they wanted to.

But in 1972, Chuck Fairbanks deployed both Dave Robertson, a senior recruited to be an I-formation QB, and Kerry Jackson, a freshman well-suited to the wishbone. Robertson made all the starts, but Jackson rushed for 109 yards in the season opener, and Fairbanks used him frequently.

Against Texas, Jackson relieved Robertson in both halves and directed the first touchdown drive of a 27-0 victory. The results were superb. OU went 11-1 and averaged 33.3 points a game.

Robertson rushed for 310 yards and threw for 1,136, completing more than 50 percent of his passes. Jackson rushed for 314 yards and threw for 164.

POSITION ANALYSIS

Landry Jones is a Heisman candidate that will own most school passing records. The only criticism is he's 4-5 as a starter in road games. Drew Allen and Blake Bell have talent but no experience. If Jones suffers a long-term injury there's a good supporting cast, but this offense is built around the quarterback.

Starter

 

Landry Jones 

6-4 

239 

Jr. 

Reserves

 

Drew Allen 

6-5 

239 

So. 

Blake Bell 

6-6 

245 

RFr. 

Unit grade: A-minus

It doesn't get much better than having a Heisman candidate leading the offense.

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