CAMPUS CORNER — Update on Bedlam week and our plans covering it.
Our Mike Baldwin is writing for tomorrow about the Belldozer. Heard of it?
We’ve talked a lot about this Blake Bell offensive package. It’s evolved over time, with mixed results. A couple of weeks ago, Bob Stoops said the options were “infinite” with it. How about now? Now that those options were rolled out, and Bell threw an interception at the goal line and didn’t really get anything going with the option. Does the Belldozer collapse a bit, back to the Kansas State-born “heavy” formation? That’s how it’s been at its best, the 6-6 Bell running behind the pair of fullbacks, Trey Millard and Aaron Ripkowski.
Having Bell pass, at least at this juncture – and out of that formation – doesn’t seem like such a great idea. Oklahoma State, at least the way I understand and see it, has struggled with that sort of running. I know factually that it did against K-State and Collin Klein. There’s something slippery about Klein. Maybe Bell could develop into that — and God help the Big 12 if he does, because he has a better arm — but that’s not what he is right now. He’s Klein Lite right now, and that could still be a good thing in this Bedlam game.
As for my story, I’m writing about Ryan Broyles, who talked today for the first time since surgery eight days ago. Broyles was Broyles, all smiles and positive. You know this has been difficult on him. It’s been difficult, in a football sense, on the team. Stoops talked some about that. In a season of injuries, it’s been the one that’s impacted the team the most. At least that’s how I see it. But the fact you could argue Ronnell Lewis or Jamell Fleming, when he was out, tells you what sort of season this has been for the Sooners as it’s gone along.
We know, we know. They’re not excuses. But we’ll rank the injuries the Sooners have experienced this season, and how they’ve impacted the team.
As for Broyles, he’s confident in his ability to get ready for the NFL, even if he’s not prepared to run at the Combine in February. He’ll still be there, talking to teams and interviewing, which certainly figures to help his cause.