After Bell’s position change to tight end this offseason, though, the senior is constantly chirping in Knight’s ear, telling him he’s open.
“I kind of laugh, and I'll joke around with him every once in a while,” Bell said. “He's doing a great job of seeing not only me, but everyone else on the field. He's getting better each and every day, just like all of us.”
Bell said he’s noticed a clear change in Knight’s leadership ability since the sophomore became the team’s clear starting quarterback after the Sugar Bowl.
“He's being more vocal, and you can definitely tell guys are listening to him and perking up,” Bell said.
OU strength coach Jerry Schmidt, on the team’s work ethic this summer:
“I tell our guys you can win 90 percent of your games by showing up every day. It’s hard to go to work every day for you and I and everyone else in this room right here. … People are always looking for excuses to get out of work. These guys didn’t do that.
“These guys are not normal. To me, that’s not normal to do that every day.”