Quarterback mobility hasn't been prevalent during Stoops' Oklahoma tenure. Jason White arrived on campus a running threat, but tore ACLs in consecutive seasons, lost some of his mobility and won the 2003 Heisman Trophy as a pure pocket passer.
When Stoops and Heupel recruit quarterbacks, strong passing ability remains the top prerequisite for a scholarship offer.
“We want mobile quarterbacks here, but (Stoops) has made sure to make it a point that we're not going to give anything up in the pass game while recruiting that type of kid,” Heupel said.
Bell started the spring game, Thompson played second and Knight third. Heupel cautioned not to read too much into Saturday's pecking order, which he said was determined by age.
Asked if coaches are privately beginning to get a sense for which quarterback will win the competition, Heupel said, “No, when somebody has earned it, then that's when we'll name a guy.”
“No, when somebody has earned it, we'll name a guy,” Heupel repeated.
Oklahoma wraps up its spring football session with Tuesday's unpadded practice. Judging from Sooner coaches' comments Saturday, the quarterback battle appears destined to rage on through summer workouts and fall camp.
Despite that, Heupel said the similarities between Bell, Thompson and Knight are helpful for coaches as they work to implement offensive changes.
“Today they were all under the same type of game plan,” Heupel said. “You see them out there and subtly they're different. But for the most part you can group them as the same type of quarterback.”