“Blake is similar to him in that he’s a big guy, a strong guy,” Stoops said. “So, there’s similarities there.”
The Oklahoma coach has admitted that Klein was the inspiration for the short-yardage “Belldozer” package, in which the sophomore Bell enters games and plows ahead for first downs and touchdowns.
So will Bell play the role of Klein for the Sooners’ scout-team offense this week?
“No,” Stoops replied.
True freshman Trevor Knight is simulating Klein against OU’s first-team defense.
“We’re not going live in practice,” Stoops said. “Trevor is perfectly capable of running in the same spaces as Collin Klein is gonna run in. We just have to make sure we’re there in those spaces with the discipline of our reads that we’re where we should be.
“Whether we tackle him or not doesn’t matter. We’re not tackling out there every day. If we did, I wouldn’t have anybody ready for Saturday.”
When asked if Bell will play Saturday against the Wildcats, Stoops joked, “No, we’re not going to use Blake anymore. We’re done with that package. Why don’t you put that out there.”
Through two games this season, OU has scored touchdowns on all 10 of its trips into the red zone, and none of them have been on Bell runs.
So does that fact have any bearing on future games, when Stoops is deciding whether to bring Bell in or not?
“Not really,” he said.
“Like I said, we’re not going to use anymore. We’re done.”