Oklahoma's search for a starting quarterback appears to be reaching its conclusion — not that there's much time left to decide.
Sooners coach Bob Stoops, in an appearance on ESPN's “SportsCenter” on Friday, said that he hoped to name a starting quarterback by the end of next week.
Stoops will decide between Blake Bell, who saw plenty of action over the past two seasons in the “Belldozer” package, and redshirt freshman Trevor Knight.
Bell has rushed for 24 touchdowns over the past two seasons but has attempted just 20 passes in that time.
Knight was a four-star recruit out of San Antonio's Reagan High School, throwing for 2,092 yards, 27 touchdowns and just three interceptions as a senior.
Whichever quarterback the Sooners go with, the team will be more mobile at the position than in the past few years under Landry Jones and Sam Bradford.
Sophomore Kendal Thompson was battling Bell and Knight for the spot before he suffered a broken foot on the first day of practice. Thompson is expected to be out for six weeks.
The Sooners open the season Aug. 31 at home against Louisiana-Monroe.
OU OPENER WILL BE ON PAY-PER-VIEW
Oklahoma's season opener against Louisiana-Monroe will be televised on pay-per-view, Fox Sports Oklahoma announced Friday.
The broadcast will cost $39.95 and will be available in high-definition.
Ron Thulin, Dave Lapham and Chad McKee (sidelines) will call the game, with coverage beginning with Sooner Gameday at 5 p.m. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
In the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas, the broadcast will be available on Cox Communications channels 610 and 611. It will also be available nationwide on AT&T U-Verse.
The broadcast will also include a postgame show featuring the press conferences and interviews with players.
Outside of Oklahoma, viewers can purchase a live stream of the telecast on SoonerSports.tv for $44.95. The stream can be viewed on a computer, tablet or mobile device. Streaming purchases include three free months of SoonerSports.tv and SoonersIllustrated.com.
The broadcast can be purchased by set-top boxes or by calling the cable or satellite provider.
OU COMMITMENT NAMED TO ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Oklahoma wide receiver commitment Mark Andrews is one of 24 players on USA Today's Preseason All-USA High School Football Team.
Andrews, who plays tight end at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain, had 1,494 yards and 21 touchdowns on 81 catches as a junior.
He committed to the Sooners earlier this month after visiting Norman. He also had offers from Alabama, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas A&M and USC among others.
The Sooners have offered five of the undecided players on the list, including offensive lineman Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La.), defensive back Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas), linebacker Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill.) and defensive linemen Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va.) and Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas).
OU sophomore linebacker Frank Shannon, on the biggest differences for him between now and last year at this time: “Last year I had to get used to the speed of the game. After last season, I feel like I'm more experienced. So keep on getting better with the speed of the game. I feel like I have a better vision on the tradition that OU linebackers have, now that I'm older.”