NORMAN — Two days after being “dinged” at practice, Oklahoma quarterback-turned-tight end Blake Bell will miss the rest of spring practice, sources close to the program confirmed.
The senior suffered a sprained knee during a goal-line drill Wednesday. The injury was first reported by SoonerScoop.com.
After practice, Sooner coach Bob Stoops said Bell had “so far checked out OK” after suffering the injury but after further evaluation, Bell will be held out for the remainder of spring practice. The injury will not require surgery.
The Sooners will host their spring game on April 12.
Bell started eight games at quarterback last season after initially losing out on the job to redshirt freshman Trevor Knight.
Bell helped the Sooners to a win at Notre Dame, throwing for 232 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also came off the bench in the Bedlam game to throw a game-winning touchdown pass with 19 seconds left and help send the Sooners to the Sugar Bowl.
But Knight started in the Sugar Bowl and was superb, ending any chance of a quarterback controversy entering the season.
Instead of transferring, Bell decided to switch positions after the season, moving to tight end.
The day of his injury, tight ends coach Jay Boulware raved about the job Bell had done in making the transition.
“Blake’s done a great job,” Boulware said. “We’re very fortunate to have him there.”
While Bell’s blocking had come along, that wasn’t what was being asked of him.
The Sooners are trying to get the tight end more involved in their passing game for this season.
“Blake is a big body,” Knight said. “It’s fun to throw to a guy like that. We haven’t done that here since I’ve been here, with a big guy like that — especially down in the red zone. That’s fun too.”