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Oklahoma football: Blake Bell has embraced his new role at tight end

Sooners coach Bob Stoops reiterates there are no plans to move Bell back to quarterback.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 6, 2014

Although Bell — in relief duty — led Oklahoma to a fourth-quarter rally that upset Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Knight started the Sooners’ Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama and was spectacular, earning MVP honors after a 348-yard, four-touchdown performance.

Many expected Bell — who is set to graduate with his bachelor’s degree in May — to take advantage of special NCAA rules that allow graduates to transfer with immediate eligibility, but Bell opted to remain a Sooner and switch positions.

Tight ends have a proud history at Oklahoma, but haven’t made much of an impact on the Sooner offense the past two seasons. Bell hopes to reverse that trend, and according to Stoops, has already looked impressive in offseason workouts.

“He really has done a great job continuing to build his strength and size,” Stoops said. “He’s up to about 257 (pounds) … won his first tug-of-war individual battle yesterday.

“We usually don’t have our quarterbacks in any of those competitions, but Blake, one-on-one, beat one of the D-linemen, so we’re fired up about that.”

Stoops wouldn’t rule out a place for the “Belldozer” package in next season’s offense, either, now that Bell isn’t the starting quarterback anymore.

“That’s something that we could still use with Blake back there, sure,” Stoops said.

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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