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OU football report card: Quarterbacks Blake Bell, Kendal Thompson get high marks

by Berry Tramel Published: April 13, 2013

Grading is difficult in an intrasquad scrimmage, but some positives and negatives stood out Saturday in the Red-White Game:

Short-yardage defense: C

The Sooner offense faced just eight third-down or fourth-down plays needing less than four yards to convert. It was successful six times. The defense got stops only on a third-down sack of Trevor Knight and a third-down incomplete pass thrown by Blake Bell. OU converted with two quarterback runs, three tailback runs and one pass.

Receivers: B

Bob Stoops raved about his passcatchers, even after the game said they had a good spring. But while they made a couple of nice catches — especially Durron Neal and Trey Metoyer on deep balls — the receivers also dropped some passes, particularly Taylor McNamara once and Metoyer twice.

Logo: D

The interlocking OU at midfield was gone, replaced by a huge OU helmet that looked sort of cartoonish. An OU spokesman said it was nothing permanent. Here's hoping it was just spring foolishness.

Blake Bell: A

Bell was productive and void of major mistakes, which is what the coaches have said they want. He completed 14 of 23 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns. His first score was particularly impressive, a scramble in which he bought time along the sideline and found Durron Neal for 3-yard touchdown pass.

Kendal Thompson: B

Thompson showed the scrambling ability that has the Sooners on the brink of a change in offensive philosophy. But Thompson also showed a good arm; he completed 11 of 17 for 151 yards and one TD. Thompson made a couple of questionable decisions but otherwise was solid.

Trevor Knight: C

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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