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Oklahoma football: Blake Bell’s decision making improved throughout spring, Bob Stoops said

by Jason Kersey Published: April 23, 2013
Blake Bell is competing with Trevor Knight and Kendal Thompson for Oklahoma's quarterback job in 2013. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE
Blake Bell is competing with Trevor Knight and Kendal Thompson for Oklahoma's quarterback job in 2013. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE

NORMAN — Asked Tuesday about junior quarterback Blake Bell’s biggest improvement in spring football, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops cited his better decision making.

Stoops said in OU’s first padded practice of the spring, Bell ran hard to his left and threw a dangerous pass across to the other side of the field, where it was intercepted.

“Hopefully he learned a valuable lesson even in that first practice that you can’t be careless with the football,” Stoops said. “Since then he hasn’t been. Since that day you haven’t seen a mistake like that. They’ve all made them at different times through the spring but that was something that was noticeable, just being smart with the football is such a big deal.”

Bell is considered the favorite to take over for departed four-year starter Landry Jones, although sophomore Kendal Thompson and redshirt freshman Trevor Knight have pushed Bell through spring workouts.

“The important part for all of them will be the decision making, who can make the correct reads and decisions with taking care of the football and delivering it where it needs to be,” Stoops said.

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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