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.”
COLVIN SITS AGAIN
Senior cornerback Aaron Colvin missed another practice Tuesday. The 2012 All-Big 12 selection cracked a molar in last week's win over West Virginia, and may have also suffered a concussion.
Asked if Colvin had a concussion Monday, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops declined to answer, saying, “I can't comment … we don't talk about injuries but we're confident he'll be ready.”
Should Colvin miss Saturday's game against Tulsa, he'll likely be replaced by sophomore Cortez Johnson, who came in after his injury last week.
NO UPDATE ON THOMPSON
Heupel didn't provide an update on the condition of left tackle Tyrus Thompson, who left last week's game late in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury.
If Thompson isn't available against Tulsa, it's likely that coaches would move senior guard Bronson Irwin, who started all 13 games last year, to right tackle, and shift Daryl Williams from the right to the left side of the line.
“I don't know what we'll end up doing,” Heupel said. “Does that answer anything?”
Redshirt freshman cornerback Zack Sanchez, on redshirting last year: “When you go through it, you think it's a waste of time, but it really did help me with a lot of things and improve my game to where I am now.”