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Oklahoma football: Blake Bell named Oklahoma's backup quarterback

by Jason Kersey Published: August 21, 2012

Despite that, Allen remained the official second-team quarterback in 2011, and likely would've stepped in had Jones been injured.

“He'll still continue to battle,” Stoops said of Allen. “He's had a great attitude and continues to work really hard. We'll just take it from there as we go through the year.”

Bell (6-foot-6, 254 pounds) was a five-star prospect from Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita, Kan.

“He earned it,” Jones said. “The best players are going to play regardless of age and regardless of what's going on. A great job for Blake, and I'm excited for him and excited to see him do some of the things that he likes to do.”

Despite Bell's production being exclusively as a runner last season, coaches have insisted that his arm is strong and his accuracy has continued to improve.

He showed off his passing acumen in April's spring game, when he completed 14 of 19 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown to outshine Allen, who finished with 72 yards on 10-of-18 passing.