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Oklahoma football: Blake Bell's resilience, flexibility resonate with residents from his hometown of Wichita

Wichita, Kan., native Blake Bell's up-and-down 2013 season, subsequent position change and sprained knee have done nothing but enhance the way those in his hometown view him, largely because of the graceful way he handled the adversity.
by Jason Kersey Published: June 14, 2014

“In fact, I think he handled (last season) better than I did.”

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.”

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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