Backup QB Blake Bell part of Sooners' ‘Wildcat'

by Michael Baldwin Published: October 30, 2011

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.

by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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