NORMAN — Through two games as Oklahoma's starting quarterback, Blake Bell has played efficient, poised and virtually mistake-free football.
But the junior hasn't let his new leadership responsibilities diminish the emotional, fiery demeanor that endeared him to OU fans over the past couple of years.
“I feel like everyone on game day, you've got to have a little fire in you,” Bell said. “Being a quarterback, you have to have that cool. You can't get too high or too low.
“There are some times when you have to get the plays going or get the team going.”
Bell leads unbeaten Oklahoma into Saturday's 6 p.m. home contest against TCU having completed more than 70 percent of his pass attempts with 683 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions.
In wins over Tulsa and Notre Dame, Bell recorded one of the more impressive two-game beginnings to an OU starting quarterback's career in the Bob Stoops era, which includes two Heisman Trophy-winning signal callers and one runner-up.
But Bell is also unique in the way he carries himself on the field. Past Stoops-era quarterbacks have remained more business-like in their approach, none more so than Landry Jones.
Stoops doesn't buy that a quarterback's on-field demeanor makes any difference in how those around him play.
“I don't see that as why they're rallying,” Stoops said. “I think it's having success. In the end, Blake has played really well and they've played well around him.”
Still, Jones rarely displayed full-on, unbridled emotion as starter over the past four seasons, during which he shattered nearly every program passing record and led the Sooners to a pair of Big 12 titles.