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Oklahoma football: Landry Jones gives the edge to Blake Bell

by Jason Kersey Published: March 23, 2013

Former Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones returned to campus March 13 for Pro Day and was asked about the ongoing battle between Blake Bell, Kendal Thompson and Trevor Knight to be his successor at OU.

“It'll be interesting just to see what all happens with that whole deal,” said Jones, who was a four-year starter at OU and holds virtually every school passing record.

“I'd give the edge to Blake just because he's been in the system longer, but those two other guys that are coming up are just as talented.”

Bell, a junior, played a key role in the offense the past two seasons, replacing Jones in goal-line and short-yardage situations to run plays from the “Belldozer.” He has rushed for 24 career touchdowns from the package.


Oklahoma junior defensive end Chuka Ndulue has moved inside to help alleviate the Sooners' weak depth at defensive tackle this spring.

If anyone can understand that, it's former Sooner David King. Last season, King was asked to move inside several times for a variety of reasons.

King, who returned to Norman for Oklahoma's Pro Day on March 13, said Ndulue will be up to the task.

“I don't think he likes it so much against the run,” King said. “I hated it against the run, but it's fun to rush from in there. He'll transition, put on about 10-15 pounds, he'll be ready to go.”


Senior receiver Jalen Saunders switched his jersey number from 18 to 8, which was worn by graduated running back Dominique Whaley.

“I always wanted the number eight; it was my first high school number,” Saunders said. “I had number seven in high school my senior year because they didn't have number eight.

“I always wanted to wear number eight because it was my dad's number.”

Saunders transferred to Oklahoma from Fresno State after spring football last season, and missed the Sooners' first four 2012 games while the NCAA mulled his eligibility.

He appeared in the Sooners' final nine games, catching 62 passes for 829 yards and three touchdowns.


Sophomore cornerback Cortez Johnson has made a strong impression on his teammates and coaches this spring.

Johnson, who transferred from Arizona after his true freshman season and sat out last year, could earn a starting position or significant playing time in the OU secondary, which lost lots of key players from 2012.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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