A record-setting passer like Landry Jones, though, can make even the best coaches forgetful of his backups. That is, until Stoops watched Kansas State and its powerful, 6-foot-5, 226-pound quarterback barreling over defenses.
Stoops was asked last week why more teams don't adopt similar schemes.
“Getting your quarterback hurt,” Stoops said. “They're taking a lot of shots. Like Collin is and Blake is, you'd better be (able) to handle all the hitting.
“And then as soon as you get them hurt, you'd better have another one. If you don't, you've got a whole new offense starting.
“Those kind of guys are fairly hard to find.”
Klein scored 27 rushing touchdowns last season, an NCAA record for quarterbacks. Bell scored 11 of OU's 14 touchdowns last year after Ryan Broyles' season-ending ACL tear.
But after Bell was named as Jones' primary backup — and, as such, heir apparent to the Sooners' quarterback job next season — many wondered if subjecting him to tough hits very often was a good idea. On OU's first Belldozer attempt of the season at UTEP, Bell converted the third-down attempt but was forcefully driven into the ground by a Miner defender.
“No,” Shead said with a laugh when asked if he's concerned about Bell being injured.
“Blake it very big, strong and powerful.”