Oklahoma senior tight end Blake Bell, a Wichita, Kan., native, appeared at Thursday’s Sooner Caravan event in his hometown, and said in an interview that his sprained knee is “strong as ever.”
“I’ve been back,” Bell said. “I’m just kinda taking it a little slower right now. I’ve been actually out there doing rehab and starting workouts and stuff. I can’t wait to get out there and start playing again, too.”
Bell, who started eight games at quarterback last season, switched to tight end in the offseason after Trevor Knight secured the position with his Sugar Bowl MVP performance against Alabama.
Bell suffered the sprained knee late in spring practices and wasn’t able to play in April’s spring game.
COUSINS STILL RECOVERING
Oklahoma junior guard Isaiah Cousins didn’t participate Thursday during the men’s basketball team’s first summer workout, but assistant coach Lew Hill said he’s improving and should be practicing soon.
“This was our first day, so he’s still going through some tests, but he will be practicing,” Hill said.
Cousins was struck by an errant bullet in his hometown of Mount Vernon, N.Y., on May 27, when he was walking with a group of friends to another friend’s house and was caught up in a shooting involving two gangs.
Hill, who is also from Mount Vernon, said Cousins is also recovering emotionally from the shooting.
“He’s in as good a spirits as he can be right now,” Hill said. “It’s always a shock when something like that happens, but he’s OK.”
KINDLER USING CHAMPIONSHIP ON RECRUITING TRAIL
The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team shared the 2014 national championship with Florida, and coach K.J. Kindler said her staff is taking full advantage of that momentum on the recruiting trail.
“The response has been huge,” Kindler said. “It’s a good time for us to be out taking advantage of it.”
The title was the Sooners’ first women’s gymnastics championship. Kindler took over the program in 2006, and said she has felt like her team has slowly been building toward that moment.
“In women’s gymnastics, only four teams had ever won it when I took over,” Kindler said. “That’s not very many, so to break into that group is a pretty tough thing to do. Florida had done it the year before. Hopefully we’re opening up the floodgates to do it many times.
“I felt like our senior class had incredible leadership. They were a great group, and definitely led the team down the right path. The chemistry was the best ever. We were knocking on the door for a very long time.”