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OU football notebook: No announcement on starting quarterback

Despite television reports to the contrary, sources told The Oklahoman that OU coaches still haven't named a winner in the quarterback derby between Blake Bell and Trevor Knight.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 21, 2013


Another day came and went without Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops announcing a starter for the Sooners' 2013 season opener, scheduled Aug. 31 against Louisiana-Monroe on Owen Field.

Despite television reports to the contrary, sources told The Oklahoman that OU coaches still haven't named a winner in their quarterback battle between junior Blake Bell and redshirt freshman Trevor Knight.

The quarterback battle began in the spring between Bell, Knight and sophomore Kendal Thompson. Thompson was considered a viable option until suffering a foot injury on the first day of the Sooners' preseason fall camp this month.

Stoops told ESPN's SportsCenter last week that he hoped to name a starting quarterback by the end of this week.


Senior running back Roy Finch believes he's finally ready to regain a prominent role in Oklahoma's offense.

Finch started several games as a sophomore in 2011, when he rushed for 605 yards and three touchdowns.

But last year, he fell behind Damien Williams and Brennan Clay on the depth chart, largely due to off-the-field issues.

He returned kicks every game, but recorded just seven carries in the entire 2012 season.

“I feel like the middle part of last year, I matured a lot and kind of grew up and became the man that I needed to be, on and off the field, to be that player that I need to be for this team,” Finch said. “It was unfortunate that we already had a running back kind of established and you don't want to stop the flow of the season.

“I felt like I saw a change in myself the middle part of last year and I just kind of carried it over throughout the summer. Classes, the way I work — I always work hard, but it was just kind of inconsistent in my everyday life.”

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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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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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