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Bob Stoops: Sooners hope to name a starting QB by next week

by Ryan Aber Modified: August 16, 2013 at 3:15 pm •  Published: August 16, 2013
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops made his Twitter account public Thursday. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops made his Twitter account public Thursday. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN

Oklahoma’s search for a starting quarterback appears to be reaching its conclusion–not that there’s much time left to decide.

Sooners coach Bob Stoops, in an appearance on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Friday, said that he hoped to name a starting quarterback by the end of next week.

Stoops will decide between Blake Bell, who saw plenty of action over the past two seasons in the “Belldozer” and redshirt freshman Trevor Knight.

Bell has rushed for 24 touchdowns over the past two seasons but has attempted just 20 passes in that time.

Knight was a four-star recruit out of San Antonio’s Reagan High School, throwing for 2,092 yards, 27 touchdowns and just three interceptions as a senior.

Whichever quarterback the Sooners go with, the team will be more mobile at the position than they’ve been in the past few years under Landry Jones and Sam Bradford.

Sophomore Kendal Thompson was battling Bell and Knight for the spot before he suffered a broken foot on the first day of practice. Thompson is expected to be out for six weeks.

The Sooners open the season Aug. 31 at home against Louisiana-Monroe.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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