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Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops knows how much Bill Snyder loves coaching

Stoops: “I know how much he enjoys the game and the preparations.”
by Jason Kersey Published: September 17, 2012

“It was his first full-time job and mine,” Stoops said. “Little piece of trivia there for you.”

Years later, Stoops would look to 6-foot-5, 226-pound Collin Klein and Snyder's use of his quarterback to help build a similar run package for OU's backup quarterback: Blake Bell. Thus, the birth of the Belldozer.

Doug Klein is no longer a coach. According to an article in the Wichita Eagle, he is now a real-estate manager.

STOOPS JOKES THAT OU WON'T USE BELLDOZER

Stoops was asked Monday about the similarities between Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein and OU's backup, Bell.

“Blake is similar to him in that he's a big guy, a strong guy,” Stoops said. “So, there's similarities there.”

The Oklahoma coach admitted Klein was the inspiration for the short-yardage “Belldozer” package, in which the sophomore Bell enters games and plows ahead for first downs and touchdowns.

But Bell won't play the role of Klein for the Sooners' scout-team offense this week. True freshman Trevor Knight is simulating Klein against OU's first-team defense.

“We're not going live in practice,” Stoops said. “Trevor is perfectly capable of running in the same spaces as Collin Klein is gonna run in. We just have to make sure we're there in those spaces with the discipline of our reads that we're where we should be.

“Whether we tackle him or not doesn't matter. We're not tackling out there every day. If we did, I wouldn't have anybody ready for Saturday.”

When asked if Bell will play Saturday against the Wildcats, Stoops joked: “No, we're not going to use Blake anymore. We're done with that package. Why don't you put that out there.”

Through two games this season, OU has scored touchdowns on all 10 of its trips into the red zone, and none of them have been on Bell runs.

So does that fact have any bearing on future games, when Stoops is deciding whether to bring Bell in or not?

“Not really,” he said.

LANDRY JONES RELAXED DURING BYE WEEKEND

Like many college football enthusiasts who had Saturday off, Landry Jones sat down to watch an afternoon game.

But for a moment during Monday's news conference, Jones had trouble recalling exactly which game it was.

“I watched a little bit of ... golly, who was it?” Jones said.

“I can't remember who I watched, but I fell asleep right in the middle of it.”

A few moments later, he remembered.

“I didn't watch USC-Stanford,” he said. “I watched a little bit of Alabama, but then, like I said, there was a little bit of a nap in there.”

No. 1 Alabama, of course, routed Arkansas 52-0 in Fayetteville. There were probably plenty of Razorbacks who wish they'd slept through the scoreless loss, too.

 BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM AND JASON KERSEY