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.