NORMAN — In late July at Big 12 Media Days, Bob Stoops made a full confession to Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein.
“I said, ‘I saw you running all those plays, and I got a guy just like that ... we started running all your plays,'” Stoops said.
“He started laughing and he said, ‘I saw all those plays. They looked just like ours.'”
Oklahoma, with a bye this weekend, is preparing for next Saturday's home battle with Kansas State, the inspiration for — and first victim of — the Sooners' short-yardage package known as the “Belldozer.”
Oklahoma unveiled the Belldozer on its first drive of last season's win in Manhattan, Kan.
The Sooners advanced to the 1-yard line, when redshirt freshman Blake Bell entered the game, took a shotgun snap and ran untouched into the end zone for the first of his 13 rushing touchdowns.
As OU coaches began installing the package last year, Adam Shead's memory took him back two years earlier, when he went online to check out his fellow members of OU's 2010 recruiting class.
When he came across Bell's highlight video, Shead was amazed.
“I remember seeing Blake ... I looked at him and said, ‘Holy crap; he's fast, and he can throw,'” said Shead, now an sophomore starting guard.
“He reminded me of Tim Tebow.”
Sooner coaches wouldn't have recruited Bell if they weren't convinced he could throw the ball; the 6-foot-6, 254-pounder was classifed by Rivals.com as a “pro-style quarterback” when he was still at Bishop Carroll High.
But in addition to his impressive passing numbers in high school — he threw for 2,752 yards and 32 touchdowns as a senior — he was also a strong, powerful threat to run with the ball, rushing for over 1,100 yards and 34 touchdowns over his last two prep seasons.