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Blake Bell hadn’t played baseball in two years when the Detroit Tigers drafted him

by Jason Kersey Published: November 21, 2012
Blake Bell is the favorite to win Oklahoma's starting quarterback job for 2013. AP PHOTO
Blake Bell is the favorite to win Oklahoma's starting quarterback job for 2013. AP PHOTO
NORMAN — Blake Bell’s athletic ability is obvious; his Belldozer package has made him an Oklahoma cult hero, and he’s become heir apparent to starting quarterback Landry Jones.

Like most college athletes, Bell was at one time a three-sport standout. He played football, basketball and baseball at Bishop Carroll High in Wichita, Kan., but dropped baseball his junior year.

But here’s an interesting, little-known fact about the future OU  starting quarterback: Even though he didn’t throw a single pitch after his sophomore year of high school, the Detroit Tigers used a 2010 draft pick on Bell.

The Tigers drafted Bell in the MLB draft’s 43rd round, with the 1,303rd overall pick.

“We decided to get out his junior year because that’s when he started going to these camps for quarterbacks,” said his dad, Mark Bell. “We had to put the baseball down to work on throwing and get his motion going. Don’t want to go into those camps rusty.”

Did he ever even slightly consider playing for the Tigers after being drafted?

“No,” Mark Bell said. “His love and passion is football. He really liked basketball too, but his passion was football.”

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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