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.”