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Former Oklahoma tight end Trent Smith praises Blake Bell

by Jason Kersey Modified: April 8, 2014 at 2:05 pm •  Published: April 8, 2014

Blake Bell (10) and Dimitri Flowers (36) get personal attention during blocking drills as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) begin spring practice on Owen Field at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Blake Bell (10) and Dimitri Flowers (36) get personal attention during blocking drills as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) begin spring practice on Owen Field at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

NORMAN — I talked with former Oklahoma tight end Trent Smith for this story about his position’s potential return to prominence, and as usual, Smith had lots of interesting things to say.

But I ran out of room in the story for Smith’s glowing thoughts on Blake Bell, who started eight games at quarterback for the Sooners a year ago but switched to tight end in January.

Here is what Smith said when I asked him about Bell:

“First of all, the rollercoaster year he was on last year, I respect the hell of out him for sticking around, taking the leap of faith to change positions and fight that off. I can’t imagine going from a guy who wore a blue jersey in practice who never had to get hit, to now being a tight end, and you’re right in the middle of that thing knocking heads, going over the middle. I imagine it’d like being a prison warden and getting arrested, and put in the same jail you used to be the warden at. All the defensive guys wanna come after you. ‘I never got to hit this guy for four years; now I’m getting after him.’

“He could’ve transferred like Kendal Thompson or any number of guys you hear about across the country. If you didn’t believe he was a team-first guy before, I think the verdict is in and he is, undoubtedly. It’s a big deal, I think, that he decided to stay and take on that new position.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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