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Oklahoma football: Sooners QB Blake Bell gives fans reason to watch

OU FOOTBALL — Oklahoma's game vs. Florida A&M, an expected blowout, will likely offer fans a chance to look into the future. Blake Bell is almost surely the Sooners' quarterback of the future and he'll likely get quite a bit of playing time Saturday.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: September 7, 2012 at 6:24 pm •  Published: September 7, 2012

There's evidence that Bell will be capable. Punch up his high school highlights on YouTube, and you'll see a play where the pocket totally breaks down. He breaks one tackle, then another. He ends up more than 20 yards behind the line of scrimmage.

On the run, he throws a rope to a receiver.

It's not a play many high school quarterbacks can make. But as good as Bell was then and as good as he's been as the Belldozer, quarterbacking the Sooners full-time is a whole different deal.

“I feel like he'd be ready if his name was called,” said Sooner safety Tony Jefferson, who sees lots of Bell in practice.

Still, as a Sooner, Bell has thrown just four passes.

That number should increase significantly Saturday. Bell will have a chance to run this offense for real and true in an actual game. That's good news for the Sooners.

Ditto for Sooner fans looking for intrigue in this blowout.

“If it gets to that,” Stills said, “don't leave.”

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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