Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops in no hurry to name Sooners' starting QB

by Berry Tramel Published: December 27, 2013

A New Orleans writer noted that OU remains unsettled at quarterback. But coach Bob Stoops says it's not that the Sooners don't know whether to go with Trevor Knight or Blake Bell. It's just that the Sooners don't want Alabama to know.

“We intend to be unsettled at quarterback all the way up to the game,” Stoops said. “I wouldn't say it's unsettled. It's purposeful. And let's face it. Both of those guys, in different situations, have really done well. So we've gotta have ‘em both ready to go.”

Alabama coach Nick Saban said there's not a great difference in what OU does with either Bell or Knight, “but I do think their skill sets are different in terms of one guy being a big, physical runner and the other not as big, but very athletic. I think our players have to be very aware of the two styles those guys have.”

JAZZ BAND GREETING

Walking off their Southwest charter jet, the Sooners were welcomed by a New Orleans jazz band playing a variety of tunes, from “I'll Fly Away” to “Jambalaya (On the Bayou).”

“It was really cool,” said OU cornerback Aaron Colvin. “I saw the band playing, so I had to take off my headphones. That's the New Orleans vibe out here. I like it and I'm very excited to be down here.”

CHANGE IS COMING

Next season, the Sugar Bowl will be one of two national semifinals, along with the Rose Bowl. The new four-team playoff figures to change a bunch about college football.

But will it change the expectations on programs like OU and Alabama?

“I don't know that that changes anything,” Stoops said. “In the end, we're expected to be there all the time, and I'm part of building that expectation. I embrace it. I know that. It's part of what we do.

“I think it is a different dynamic the longer you've been somewhere, for a lot of different reasons. That's why a lot of different coaches jump around. But in the end, I've been fortunate. No one has greater expectations than the players and myself for what we expect of ourself, so the outside pressures don't really matter a whole lot.

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by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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