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.