Also, while OU used the three-back formation with all three quarterbacks, it was used with Bell and Knight only in short-yardage situations. But with Thompson, Heupel dialed up several three-back formations in a variety of situations.
Seems sensible if the Sooners are going to use a short-yardage alignment, something akin to the Belldozer, they would do so with their backup quarterback. The new-age OU philosophy might be to run the quarterback on occasion, but not into the ground.
Stoops wouldn't bite on any Bell-is-the-man theories. Wanted no part of any comparisons. But Stoops was willing to laud his most veteran quarterback.
“He's been in a lot of critical situations,” Stoops said. “Blake has a lot to him. We're not recruiting them if they're not a leader, not a worker and not a passer.”
Both Thompson and Knight looked fine, too. Thompson particularly, who could be a dynamo if he keeps progressing. But the thing both have on Bell – more mobility – is not a Bell weakness. The guy can move, as he showed on the short TD pass to Neal.
And here's where Blake Bell has moved most. To the top of the list. He's going to be the next OU quarterback.
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