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Oklahoma football notebook: Bob Stoops says Blake Bell could be starting tight end

Asked if Blake Bell would start the Sooners’ first game, against Louisiana Tech on Aug. 30, Bob Stoops wouldn’t be definitive. But he didn’t downplay it either.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 2, 2014

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has done plenty of bragging on Blake Bell since the senior decided to switch from quarterback to tight end after last season.

Saturday at OU’s Media Day, Stoops continued, with one addition.

Asked if Bell would start the Sooners’ first game, against Louisiana Tech on Aug. 30, Stoops wouldn’t be definitive. But he didn’t downplay it either.

“Oh, there’s a good chance of that depending on what else happens,” Stoops said.

He also said Bell looked “like he’s played it his whole life.”

Co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel was also high on Bell’s transition.

“He dramatically changes the ability for play-action passes in the middle of the football field because of his size and length,” Heupel said. “That’s a huge target we haven’t had here since we lost James Hanna.”

Bell said he was happy to have a chance to contribute, wherever it was.

“I just want to play football,” Bell said. “Getting your hand down in a stance is hard for a little bit but other than that, it’s just running around, seeing coverages, having fun, trying to block guys.

“It’s been tough but it’s all good.”

SHANNON SIGNS AUTOGRAPHS

Oklahoma junior linebacker Frank Shannon was the subject of a Title IX sexual misconduct investigation after a female OU student accused him of sexually assaulting her in his off-campus apartment more than six months ago.

Shannon was never charged in criminal court, but didn’t participate in the Sooners’ April spring game while he was being investigated. He went through summer workouts with the team and on Saturday, participated in Meet the Sooners Day, signing autographs for young fans.

The junior wasn’t made available to reporters a few hours later during media day, though.

“Nothing’s changed in his situation,” Stoops said during his Saturday news conference. “Right now they haven’t resolved anything. He’s currently doing everything he had been doing. That’s what hasn’t changed.”

Shannon, the leading tackler on last year’s Sugar Bowl champion team, is still working his way through a lengthy appeals process relating to the university’s Title IX investigation.

HUMPHREY COMMITS TO SOONERS

Oklahoma picked up a commitment from three-star wide receiver John Humphrey on Saturday, when the League City, Texas, native was on an unofficial visit.

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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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