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).