Blake Bell might not be officially penciled in as Oklahoma's starting quarterback Aug. 31 when the Sooners open the season at home against Louisiana-Monroe.
Saturday morning during the annual Meet the Sooners Day, many fans certainly treated Bell as if we was going to be the starter.
In the afternoon at OU's media day, Bell said he was expecting to be the starter.
“Even if they don't say you're the guy, as a quarterback and a competitor, you have to approach every day like you're the guy,” Bell said. “I even thought that sometimes when Landry (Jones) was here. That wasn't anything against him or anything, that's just how every quarterback is. You go in pretty much every day thinking you're the guy because you don't know when you're going to be the guy.”
Bell still isn't the guy, officially.
Sooners coach Bob Stoops and co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel still say the competition between Bell and redshirt freshman Trevor Knight is open, that either could be the quarterback under center for the opener. Kendal Thompson was also in the running before breaking his foot during the Sooners' first practice late last week.
Both coaches said there wasn't a timetable for naming a starter.
“When we chose Sam Bradford, they knew seven days before kickoff basically,” Heupel said. “That worked out pretty well. Whenever the guy earns the job, that's when we'll name a guy.”
Stoops said it might not be that immediate, at least in announcing the starter to the outside world.
“There's been times where we have known it (who the starting quarterback would be) and worked it for a week before we have released it,” he said. “When we feel we're ready to release it, we will.”
Even with the approach he's taken, Bell said he also felt pressure to go out and perform well enough to win the position instead of putting pressure on himself not to lose it.