Oklahoma football notebook: Tight end Blake Bell shines in Oklahoma drill

Bell pushed linebacker Geneo Grissom to one side while running back David Smith easily ran on the back side of the block.
by Ryan Aber Published: August 4, 2014

A year ago, running back Keith Ford made a splash in the first few days of practice when he ran over Jordan Phillips during the Oklahoma drill.

Monday, the Sooners went back through the annual rite of preseason practices.

This time, it was tight end Blake Bell who made the biggest impression during the drill, pushing back linebacker Geneo Grissom to one side while running back David Smith easily ran on the back side of the block.

Bell didn’t address the media Monday but Ford did.

Ford said he didn’t go head-to-head with Phillips on Monday.

“I had my line, and we each had our stations,” Ford said. “I just focused on me.”

Phillips wound up being one of the Sooners’ top defensive linemen last season before being injured midway through the season.

Phillips and several other players coming off injuries, including offensive lineman Tyler Evans, sat out the drill.

“I’m smarter than that,” Evans said. “I’ve got to keep my body (healthy).”

SOONERS LOSE COMMIT

Three-star defensive back Jamile Johnson announced Monday that he had decommitted from Oklahoma.

Johnson committed to the Sooners in February, one of the first commits for the 2015 class.

Not long after Johnson announced his decision on Twitter, he went further.

“I was just tired of pretending to be happy,” Johnson tweeted.

The Dallas South Oak Cliff product is the No. 41 cornerback in the nation, according to Rivals.com.

With the loss of Johnson, Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson’s P.J. Mbanasor is the Sooners’ only defensive back commit.

BROWN SPEAKS TO SOONERS

Heisman Trophy winner and nine-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Tim Brown spoke to the Sooners on Sunday night.

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by Ryan Aber
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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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