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Oklahoma football: Blake Bell returns home for caravan stop

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: June 19, 2013
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photo - University of Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell meets fans at the Sooner Caravan at the Hyatt Wichita. Bell was there with head coach Bob Stoops and a few other coaches. Bell is a Wichita native and Bishop Carroll graduate. (June 19, 2013) Photo by Jaime Green, The Wichita Eagle ORG XMIT: B73183861Z.1
University of Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell meets fans at the Sooner Caravan at the Hyatt Wichita. Bell was there with head coach Bob Stoops and a few other coaches. Bell is a Wichita native and Bishop Carroll graduate. (June 19, 2013) Photo by Jaime Green, The Wichita Eagle ORG XMIT: B73183861Z.1

The event is the first Sooner Caravan event in the city since 2009.

In addition to the coaches and players in attendance, the Sooner Schooner was in front of the hotel with horses Boomer and Sooner.

The caravan stop is the next-to-last of the year. The series wraps up July 31 in Oklahoma City.

HENSON USES HOMECOMING FOR WORK

Men's basketball assistant Steve Henson didn't travel by plane with the rest of the Sooner entourage.

The McPherson, Kan., native used the trip close to home for a bit of extra work.

Henson is scheduled to spend Thursday with Sooners signee Keshaun Hamilton in nearby Parsons, Kan.

The 6-foot-10 forward first came on Henson's radar as a freshman at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla.

“He really caught my attention there with his ability to post,” Henson said.

Hamilton tore his anterior cruciate ligament during that season in Florida before transferring to Labette Community College.

“There's a lot of potential there,” Henson said of Hamilton. “Before his injury, he was very agile for a kid his size. He's got very good hands and is a good passer.”

Henson saw some familiar faces in the crowd Wednesday, including the father of a track athlete Henson competed against in high school.

Hamilton is one of two Sooners signees not yet on campus. The other is another Kansas junior college player, center Edson Avila.

Both have academic work to finish before arriving on campus, and Henson said both are on track.

They won't, however, arrive in time to join the team on its August trip to Belgium and France.

GREEN READY FOR SENIOR SEASON

Like Bell, Green had a quick homecoming of sorts Wednesday.

Green's family, coming from Altamont, Kan., had a much longer drive than Bell's. Altamont, a small town in southeastern Kansas, is about 2 1/2 hours away.

His parents and grandparents made the trip to see Green at the caravan stop.

“I was looking out the plane and said, ‘It looks like home,'” Green said. “It's great to be back.”

Green said he looked forward to the tight ends playing a bigger part in the Sooners' offense this year.

Sooner tight ends had just three catches in 2012. Green caught the only touchdown pass.

“We want them out there more and we expect them to be,” Stoops said.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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