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.”