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Oklahoma football: Blake Bell not assured of starting quarterback job

The ‘Belldozer' is still trying to show coaches that he's a full-fledged quarterback.
by Jason Kersey Published: April 11, 2013

/articleid/3782364/1/pictures/2009112">Photo - CELEBRATION: OU's Blake Bell (10) celebrates after the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and the University of Texas (UT) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. OU won, 63-21. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
CELEBRATION: OU's Blake Bell (10) celebrates after the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and the University of Texas (UT) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. OU won, 63-21. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Bell also demonstrated open-field running ability in the Sooners' win over Baylor. He entered the game on a third-and-1 — a typical Belldozer situation — but burst through the line of scrimmage and sprinted for a 55-yard touchdown.

That sort of athleticism is what Oklahoma coaches hope to add to the quarterback position next season.

“All three of those guys have similar traits and are slightly different in ways too,” said OU co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel. “We've said this before, but I think our guys may be able to use their feet a little bit more than we have in the past here. We'll find ways to utilize that skill.”

OU's three quarterbacks have stayed fairly even through these spring practices, and the battle — Oklahoma's first quarterback derby since the 2007 preseason — figures to rage on into fall camp.

Bell and those close to him have insisted that he never took the starting quarterback job for granted despite his game experience and time in the program. Still, lots of outside observers have long expected the job to be safely Bell's.

After Oklahoma lost to Kansas State in its third game of the 2012 season, a vocal segment of Sooner fans were convinced that Stoops should bench Jones and begin the Blake Bell era early.

Bell dismissed those sentiments after Oklahoma's 41-20 win at Texas Tech in early October.

“I don't even worry about that,” Bell said then. “I know what Landry can do, and I know the player he is, and he showed it out there today. My time will come.”

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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