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Oklahoma football: Casey Walker didn't know about seven-DB scheme

by Jason Kersey Published: November 21, 2012
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Jefferson leads the Sooners in tackles and is widely considered one of the team's best players. He, Stills and Brennan Clay are California natives, and were part of the same recruiting class.

The three friends have called themselves the “Cali Trio.”

“He has a lot of pride individually, but he has a lot of respect for what the fans think of him,” Stills said. “It's the same with me and Brennan. We've always been the guys that are fan friendly and for him, his pride kind of came out. He wanted everyone to know that. He apologized for the way he played and he felt like he could have done better.”

DETROIT TIGERS DRAFTED BLAKE BELL OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL

Blake Bell's athletic ability is obvious; his Belldozer package has made him an Oklahoma cult hero, and he's become heir apparent to starting quarterback Landry Jones.

Like most college athletes, Bell was at one time a three-sport standout. He played football, basketball and baseball at Bishop Carroll High in Wichita, Kan., but dropped baseball his junior year.

But here's an interesting, little-known fact about the future OU  starting quarterback: Even though he didn't throw a single pitch after his sophomore year of high school, the Detroit Tigers used a 2010 draft pick on Bell.

The Tigers drafted Bell in the MLB Draft's 43rd round, with the 1,303rd overall pick.

“We decided to get out his junior year because that's when he started going to these camps for quarterbacks,” said his dad, Mark Bell. “We had to put the baseball down to work on throwing and get his motion going. Don't want to go into those camps rusty.”

Did Blake ever even slightly consider playing for the Tigers after being drafted?

“No,” Mark Bell said. “His love and passion is football. He really liked basketball too, but his passion was football.”

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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