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Big 12 football: Will Blake Bell stay in the Belldozer?

by Berry Tramel Modified: July 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm •  Published: July 23, 2013

Bob Stoops admitted that if Blake Bell is the OU starting quarterback, the Sooners could turn to a new trigger man for their short-yardage offense.

During Big 12 Media Days on Tuesday, Stoops said there are advantages to using Kendal Thompson or Trevor Knight in a form of the Belldozer, the short-yardage package that’s been incredibly successful the last two years with Bell in relief of Landry Jones.

Stoops said he “wouldn’t shy away” from using Bell in the Belldozer, if Bell becomes the starting quarterback. “But you bring up good points. In thinking through this, you put Kendal or Trevor back there, they’re faster. You’ve got more options. If they do hit a crease, they’re not likely to be caught. It does give him (the starter) a break. And what you’re alluding to, allows you not too many hits.”

But Stoops said Bell would be effective, too, even as the starter. “Going no huddle, snapping it, we’ll do that, too,” Stoops said. “I’m not sitting here wanting to tip my hand. Blake is a big, strong, sturdy guy. But we never want our quarterback to take too many hits.”


by Berry Tramel
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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...
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