The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey took questions from readers in today's OU Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. Here are a few highlights from today's chat. Read the entire transcript here.
Will Blake Bell be nearly as good as Landry Jones?
There is rarely a more popular player than the backup quarterback when things aren't going 100 percent right and that's even more true of Bell because he does get in and bring a different element to the game. But Bell comes in for situations where his chances of success are better. Certainly it's a different story when he's got to come in, down a touchdown and needing to drive 90 yards. There will be some growing pains with whatever quarterback replaces Landry next year, and I think fans will appreciate a bit more what LJ brings to the table with some added perspective.
Is Blake Bell a lock to be the starter next year?
He's definitely the favorite, but look out for Trevor Knight. The true freshman has been impressive on scout team and sounds like he could push Bell.
Should we be worried about OU basketball after last night's loss to Stephen F.Austin?
Certainly there's some concern there after a promising start. I still think this is an improved team, but they're a work in progress and things are going to get tough here in the next few weeks with Ohio and then jumping into the Big 12 schedule early in January.
What are the chances Laquon Treadwell winds up at OU?
OU has to feel pretty good about their chances right now. He's narrowed his list to OU, OSU and Ole Miss and made a comment about wearing No. 1 next year (It's available at OU, it's not at OSU). He seemed to love his visit to Norman and has some family ties to the area (though he also has some family ties to OSU from my understanding). He'd be a nice add to the class, of course, as the top wide receiver in the country, but he's not a must-have for a team with a solid group of WRs coming in on the heels of last year's class.
Any word on Saunders yet?
No, Bob Stoops said Jalen Saunders' Cotton Bowl status hadn't been determined yet. He's issued one-game suspensions in the past for arrests, but said he'll decide what to do about Saunders soon and let everyone know.