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Oklahoma football: QB platoon appears to be a last resort

Coach Bob Stoops still plans to name a starter sometime this week, perhaps as early as Wednesday.
by Ryan Aber Published: August 20, 2013

/articleid/3874061/1/pictures/2188162">Photo - Oklahoma University quarterbacks Blake Bell, right,  and Trevor Knight  warm up at a preseason NCAA college football practice in Norman, Okla. on Friday, Aug.  2, 2013.  (AP Photo/Tulsa World,  Matt Barnard)  ONLINE OUT; TV OUT; TULSA OUT  ORG XMIT: OKTUL101
Oklahoma University quarterbacks Blake Bell, right, and Trevor Knight warm up at a preseason NCAA college football practice in Norman, Okla. on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Matt Barnard) ONLINE OUT; TV OUT; TULSA OUT ORG XMIT: OKTUL101

Stoops said he still planned on naming a starter later in the week, perhaps as early as Wednesday.

Bell has the game experience, spelling Landry Jones the last two seasons with the Belldozer. But the junior hasn't run the full offense with the game on the line.

Knight is just a redshirt freshman and has not played in anything bigger than the spring game.

The two are different with their feet as much as anything else — Bell is more of a power, inside runner while Knight is a speedier outside option — but either will make the position more mobile than it has been in recent years.

The likelihood that the starter is likely to take more of a pounding in the running game makes it critical to keep the second guy fresh.

“We're very aware that these guys are all capable of moving around with the ball more than maybe some we've had,” Stoops said. “If that happens, they're likely to take a few shots and/or they're fatigued. When you're not an older guy that's done it a bunch that takes awhile to get used to. Sometimes there may be a place to have two guys set to play.”

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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