WICHITA, Kan. — Blake Bell insists his relationship with Trevor Knight was nothing but positive, even as they spent the better part of an entire calendar year competing to be Oklahoma’s starting quarterback.
“We’ve always been pretty tight,” Bell said in an interview with The Oklahoman last week before his appearance at a Sooner Caravan event.
Knight was named the starter at the beginning of last season, but Bell took over after a couple games and started eight times in 2013. After Knight’s Sugar Bowl MVP performance, though, Bell changed positions to tight end for his senior season.
Q: Can your relationship with Trevor and your experience at quarterback help your chemistry on the field next season?
A: Well I think it’s really good. Me knowing what he’s thinking, and he knows what I’m thinking. I know when he’s hot; I can see coverages really well and all that stuff, too.
When you were the guy, it always seemed like Trevor was one of the first players to greet you as you came off the field, and vice versa.
Trevor’s a great guy. He’s not a guy who is ever gonna get mad or say anything bad to you. Our relationship was always really positive; even when he was hurt and I was playing. I have nothing bad to say about him. We’ve always been buddies.”
You got used to being hit and playing in rough, physical situations as the Belldozer, but did you find blocking to be the biggest challenge in your new spot?
I would say the catching and that stuff, reading the defense and routes and stuff, I would say that came somewhat easy. I played wide receiver (as a sophomore) in high school; I know that was a long time ago now. I’d say the blocking has been the most difficult part, but you know, getting in the film room and having guys all around, coach Joe Jon (Finley) and coach (Jay) Boulware have done a great job helping me.