WICHITA, Kan. — Oklahoma junior quarterback Blake Bell returned home for Wednesday's Sooner Caravan event at the Hyatt Regency.
Bell, who played high school football at Wichita's Bishop Carroll High, is currently battling sophomore Kendal Thompson and redshirt freshman Trevor Knight to be the Sooners' signal caller in 2013.
He joined senior tight end Brannon Green — another Kansas native — and coach Bob Stoops as the football team's representatives Wednesday night.
Bell has rushed for 24 touchdowns over the past two seasons out of the “Belldozer” package, in which he'd enter the game for starter Landry Jones, take a shotgun snap and plow ahead for short-yardage gains and goal-line touchdowns.
“Following Landry, he did a great job commanding the offense, but I think I'm right there,” Bell told reporters before the event began. “I've got to get better this summer and things of that nature. But by the season, hopefully a lot of us are ready to go.”
Bell said he hopes his running skills — combined with the passing ability no one has seen in a collegiate game situation — will make OU's offense better.
“Obviously that's not all I want to do and I'm going to do,” Bell said of running. “We're going to be out there and throw a little bit, but I think the key is being able to do a little bit of both and keeping the defense on their heels.”
RESCHEDULING ALLOWS BELL TO ATTEND
The Sooner Caravan in Wichita was originally scheduled for May 22.
The tornado that went through Moore two days earlier, though, forced the caravan date to be moved.
The rescheduling allowed Bell to attend.
Bell was in Ireland on a study abroad trip that also included offensive lineman Gabe Ikard, fullback Trey Millard, a few OU athletes from other sports as well as some nonathlete students from the school.