Asked if watching the Sugar Bowl from the sideline was bittersweet, Bell quickly responded, “It was all sweet. You know, obviously I can sit here and tell you I’d love to play. I’d love to help the team, but as I was on the sideline watching that game, it was unreal.
“Trevor couldn’t miss a ball. Every ball was on the money. He played his heart out. Everyone around us was playing good, too. It was a great atmosphere. I’m happy for everything and it was a team victory.”
Settle, an OU alum and attorney who lives two hours northeast of Wichita in Larned, Kan., said Bell’s attitude represents what makes him proud to be a Sooner.
“That’s one of the things I like about OU football and OU as a whole; in my opinion it’s a university that has a lot of class,” Settle said, “and Blake’s a good example of that.”
Bell’s position change appeared to be going well until he suffered a sprained knee about a week before the Sooners’ spring game. The 6-foot-6, 258-pound former quarterback has a seemingly prototypical body to play tight end.
“Obviously getting down in a three-point stance and banging around with Geneo (Grissom) and (Charles Tapper) and those guys, it’s been difficult in that part, but it’s been fun too,” Bell said. “I’ve had a great time and got better each day.
“Maybe this is my position. Maybe God had a plan for me, because this came pretty easy to me.”