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Oklahoma’s quarterback battle ranked as the nation’s third-most important

by Jason Kersey Modified: April 18, 2013 at 5:16 pm •  Published: March 12, 2013
Blake Bell is competing with Trevor Knight and Kendal Thompson for Oklahoma's quarterback job in 2013. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE
Blake Bell is competing with Trevor Knight and Kendal Thompson for Oklahoma's quarterback job in 2013. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE

NORMAN — Oklahoma’s quarterback derby — its first since 2007 — is the most important position battle entering the Sooners’ 2013 season.

CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman deemed the race to replace four-year starter Landry Jones as important nationally, too.

Feldman ranked the battle between Blake Bell, Trevor Knight and Kendal Thompson as the third-most important quarterback battle of the offseason, behind Florida State and USC.

From Feldman’s report:
“Blake Bell saw a lot of action at OU last season but it was as a short-yardage weapon. Can the 6-6, 254-pounder consistently make the throws to elevate the Sooners back to being a Top 10 team? Remarkably, Bell actually has more rushing TDs in his career (24) than passes attempted (20) at OU. Could Bell blossom this year into being the Sooners’ version of Collin Klein? Bob Stoops’ other options here are redshirt freshman Trevor Knight, a fleet-footed Texan and Kendal Thompson, son of former OU QB Charles Thompson. One thing is for certain: whoever wins this job will be more of a running threat than Landry Jones was. Meanwhile, the Sooners have more than their share of issues on defense too, where they have to replace seven starters.”

Oklahoma State’s quarterback derby between Clint Chelf, Wes Lunt and s came in at No. 5 on Feldman’s list; also included were Big 12 teams TCU (7), Kansas State (8) and West Virginia (tied at 10).

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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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