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Oklahoma football: Can Blake Bell secure starting spot with strong game?

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: September 10, 2013

Oklahoma is riding the Belldozer into Saturday's home game against Tulsa, with junior Blake Bell set to earn the first start of his college career.

Bell replaced redshirt freshman Trevor Knight, who started the first two games, in the fourth quarter last weekend against West Virginia. Knight will miss at least the Tulsa game with a knee injury, although coach Bob Stoops said the quarterback switch was made for both performance and health reasons.

So if Bell stars against Tulsa and OU wins by a healthy margin, would the job be his moving forward?

“You're playing the what-if game and we're a long ways away from that,” co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said after practice Tuesday. “Let's just keep going 'til Saturday and you can ask that question after the game.”

Sophomore Kendal Thompson returned to practice Monday. He was battling Knight and Bell for the starting job until a foot injury sidelined him early in fall camp.

“He's done a good job trying to keep his arm in shape,” Heupel said. “Once he was able to be in the boot and put pressure on it, he did a good job of throwing. Other than just having to get through his progressions and get the feel of the game, get the speed of it, he's doing good.”

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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