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.