Oklahoma calls it the “Wildcat” package or “the Cat.”
The difference is OU's version is similar to how Florida used Tim Tebow his freshman season.
Given spot duty in goal-line and third-and-short situations, redshirt freshman quarterback Blake Bell was the featured player in the Wildcat the Sooners unveiled Saturday afternoon in a 58-17 win at Kansas State.
Bell scored on a 1-yard touchdown run the first time the Wildcat was used. A fumble exchange with running back Roy Finch foiled the second try, forcing a punt.
It wasn't a one-game wrinkle.
“We haven't been working on it that long, but the idea of doing something like that has been in our building a little bit,” said offensive coordinator Josh Heupel.
Bell, a Wichita, Kan., product, was highly ranked in the 2010 quarterback class because of his rocket right arm. But he's a dual threat quarterback who got OU's offensive coaches talking in recent weeks.
“I can use my legs, too,” Bell said. “I just have to get my pads down. I'm excited to get in the game. I've been practicing. Finally getting out there in that type of atmosphere is awesome.”
Since the Sooners have been inconsistent in the red zone, coaches began exploring options with their physical, 255-pound third-team quarterback.
OU has practiced the Wildcat the past two weeks and included it in the game plan for the first time for Kansas State.
The Wildcat gained popularity in both college and the NFL when Arkansas brought back the Wing-T formation for running backs Darren McFadden five years ago under current Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn.
The formation's advantage is it confuses defenses with an unbalanced front. Zone reads, the triple option, inside reverses and passes can all be run out of the Wildcat.
The difference with OU is most Wildcat packages feature a running back at quarterback. The Sooners are using a quarterback similar to Tebow at Florida and even Cam Newton at Auburn.
To expand the package, coaches could add several options, including the option run.
Is Bell athletic enough that he can get around the corner?
“I think I can do that,” Bell said, pausing. “Yeah, I can do that.”
Having a quarterback capable of pounding out a first down or a touchdown is a luxury as Auburn showcased last season with Newton.
Last year, the Sooners added the “diamond” formation they called the “backs” set. Could the Wildcat be this year's mid-season offensive spark?
“There are so many different things we can do with our personnel, it's hard to get it all done,” said co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell. “But that obviously is something (Bell) has the ability to do. We'll see where it goes.”