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Oklahoma football: A look at what the future might hold for Blake Bell

by Jason Kersey Published: December 5, 2013

NEBRASKA

The connection: Nebraska coach Bo Pelini recruited Bell heavily before he committed to the Sooners, and Bell told Rivals.com the Huskers were at the top of his list after visiting the school's junior day in February 2009. Then-offensive coordinator Shawn Watson is now at Louisville and Pelini's seat seemed hot after last week's loss to Iowa, but all indications are now that Pelini will be back in Lincoln next season.

Why it could work: The Cornhuskers lose senior quarterback Taylor Martinez to graduation, and Ron Kellogg III — who has played lots this season while Martinez battled injuries — is also a senior. If Bell were to choose Nebraska and quickly pick up its system, he could provide an immediate boost to Pelini's hopes of keeping his job beyond 2014.

QBs returning in 2014: Redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr. has started seven games this year, but has completed just 53 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. Sophomore Tyson Broekemeier, redshirt freshman Ryker Fyfe, redshirt freshman Evan Williams and true freshman Johnny Stanton all return next season as well.

TULSA

The connection: There isn't much of a connection readily apparent, though Tulsa is roughly a 2 1/2-hour drive from Wichita. Bell made his first career start against the Golden Hurricane in September and completed 27 of 37 attempts for 413 yards and four touchdowns.

Why it could work: Tulsa finished the 2013 season with a 3-9 record, the program's worst in more than a decade. Senior Cody Green was hurt much of this season, allowing redshirt freshman Dane Evans to start five games. Evans wasn't effective, though, completing just 43 percent of his pass attempts with four touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Bell would step onto campus and immediately give the Hurricane a major upgrade at the position. Tulsa is moving into the tougher American Athletic Conference (formerly the Big East) next season.

QBs returning in 2014: Evans, sophomore Joseph Calcagni, sophomore Brad Valentino, freshman Jaylen Lowe and freshman Ryan Rubley are all back next year.

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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