“It has a lot to do with conditioning,” Bell said. “I know I haven't lost as much pounds but just feel better body-wise.”
With his role in the Belldozer short-yardage package the last two seasons, there is little doubt Bell can run the ball. The questions have been primarily about his arm, mainly because he hasn't had much of a chance to show it off.
He's run for 372 yards and 24 touchdowns over the past two seasons but thrown just 20 times for 115 yards.
Bell has heard the concern over his arm but laughed when asked about it Saturday.
“I don't really listen to any of that,” Bell said. “I had a job last year and my job was to come in and help on third-and-one or goal line and help the team.
“Landry was the starting quarterback so I just did whatever I could to help the team and that wasn't to throw the ball. It was to get a first down, third-and-inches and he's back on the field.”
Heupel also talked up Knight, saying he's not making the decision easy.
“He can make any throw you want him to make,” Heupel said. “He's a good decision-maker. He's grown tremendously in understanding what we're doing from spring ball.”
At times, Knight talked like the job was Bell's to lose, though even if that is the case, Knight says it won't change how he approaches things.
“Coach Heupel, from the beginning once Landry left, he said it was an open competition,” Knight said. “Even if it wasn't an open competition, he still wants us to prepare every day like we're the starter, so I still prepare everyday like I'm going to be the starter.”