NORMAN — For one spring afternoon, Blake Bell got to show Oklahoma fans there is more to his game than the rough-and-tumble formation that bears his name.
Bell completed 14 of 19 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's spring game, outshining Drew Allen, his competition for OU's No. 2 quarterback spot on the depth chart.
“I think I came out and showed everyone I can throw,” Bell said.
“(I was) able to read the defense and sling it around a little bit ... instead of getting out there in the Belldozer package and just running.”
Bell became a fan favorite last season with his 13 rushing touchdowns, most of which came inside the 5-yard line. Saturday, Bell displayed a strong arm and good accuracy at times — especially outside the pocket.
On the final play of the first quarter, he took a shotgun snap, rolled to his right under pressure and delivered a 60-yard touchdown pass to Jaz Reynolds off his back leg.
Junior linebacker Corey Nelson continues to be impressed with Bell's growth.
“Blake Bell has improved tremendously with his accuracy,” Nelson said. “Just the way he throws it. How fast he throws it. How powerful it comes out of his hands. How quick it comes out of his hand. It's amazing just to see his growth.”
Bell and Allen took turns leading the offense Saturday after starter Landry Jones was pulled one series into the game. Each backup played with both the first and second teams.