NORMAN — Blake Bell still hasn’t been named Oklahoma’s starting quarterback for the 2013 season opener.
But at least one analyst has already asked the question: Will the Belldozer emerge as a darkhorse Heisman Trophy candidate?
Chris Huston, a CBSSports.com college football blogger who runs HeismanPundit.com, tossed Bell’s name out there in this post on his website, which is devoted to analyzing what is arguably the most prestigious individual award in all of sports.
Huston bases Bell’s potential candidacy on the big numbers produced by former Oklahoma quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Landry Jones.
As we know from looking at recent Heisman history, a quarterback becomes a legit candidate at about 45 total touchdowns. If Bell overachieves in his first year as a starter — say he attempts 450 passes and completes 66 percent of them at an 8-yard per attempt clip — then he’ll have 3,600 passing yards with 30 touchdown tosses. Add to that his likely production on the ground and we are looking at a quarterback from a traditional power with around 45 total touchdowns.
If that kind of year happens, he’ll be a lock to go to New York.
Bell has rushed for 24 touchdowns over the past two seasons. He would often replaced Jones on goal-line and short-yardage situations, take a shotgun snap and plow forward for first downs and touchdowns. He’s only attempted 20 career passes, though.
The 6-foot-6, 263-pound junior was impressive in Oklahoma’s spring game last month, completing 14 of 23 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns.
Bell is battling sophomore Kendal Thompson and redshirt freshman Trevor Knight in the Sooners’ 2013 quarterback derby, which remains unresolved entering the summer.