Blake Bell and the ‘Belldozer' running strong for OU football team

OKLAHOMA FOOTBALL — OU backup quarterback Blake Bell had heard several names for the Sooners' new formation that features him lining up behind center. But he says “Belldozer” might be the best.
by Michael Baldwin Published: November 5, 2011

Because of the fast pace, Bell races on the field and quarterback Landry Jones runs off. Once Bell picks up a first down, Jones runs back onto the field. Is there any concern it might affect Jones' rhythm?

“Nah,” Heupel said. “He's handled it well. Landry understands why we're doing it. He enjoys the package, too.”

Bell, a redshirt freshman, one of the nation's top quarterback recruits in the 2010 class, certainly enjoys the package.

“I love doing it,” Bell said. “It's a chance for me to get on the field and help the team.”

The Sooners call it the “wildcat”, but that doesn't fit their scheme. Most wildcat formations are run by a running back. OU's package features a quarterback with a cannon arm.

Does Heupel endorse “Belldozer?”

“That one has a chance,” Heupel said. “I don't like some of the others.”

Regardless what the package is called the Sooners have a weapon that might be needed even more with All-America wide receiver Ryan Broyles out with a season ending knee injury.

“(Bell) did a great job with the different ways we are using him in that formation,” said coach Bob Stoops. “It's really helped us in goal-line and short yardage. He's big. They've done a good job blocking for him, and he's doing a nice job of patience, finding seams. It's been positive for us.”

Since the package debuted last week, Bell has heard many discussions on the formation — from what to name it to that's how Tim Tebow's career started at Florida.

“You can't help but hear people talking,” Bell said. “But I've really just played in two games so far. There's nothing really big that's happened. I just need to keep working and get better at it.”

by Michael Baldwin
Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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