“We're not gonna support Blake any more than we did Landry, but it's fun when your quarterback gets fired up.”
That fire has excited OU fans since Bell's first touchdown out of the “Belldozer” package two seasons ago at Kansas State. Those who know Bell best, though, say that's how he's always competed.
“When he'd get dunks or have exciting moments, it'd pump up the whole team,” said Joe Brown, Bell's teammate in football and basketball at Wichita's Bishop Carroll High. “He was so excited and enthusiastic about playing. I loved the way he reacts.”
Bell's personality shines through in other ways off-the-field, too. He appears much more comfortable and engaging than Jones during media interviews.
Last season, it was revealed that Bell's teammates call him “White Shades” because he wore a pair of white sunglasses and danced around the locker room.
“As linemen, we love seeing a quarterback show emotion, showing that he cares,” Ikard said. “It makes you want to block harder. It makes you want to play harder.”