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Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell believes he's ready to command the full offense

by Jason Kersey Published: June 19, 2013
Blake Bell appeared at the Sooner Caravan event in Wichita, Kan., on Wednesday. AP PHOTO
Blake Bell appeared at the Sooner Caravan event in Wichita, Kan., on Wednesday. AP PHOTO

WICHITA, Kan. — Oklahoma junior quarterback Blake Bell returned home for Wednesday’s Sooner Caravan event at the Hyatt Regency.

Bell, who played high school football at Wichita’s Bishop Carroll High, is currently battling sophomore Kendal Thompson and redshirt freshman Trevor Knight to be the Sooners’ signal caller in 2013.

He joined senior tight end Brannon Green — another Kansas native — and coach Bob Stoops as the football team’s representatives Wednesday night.

Bell has rushed for 24 touchdowns over the past two seasons out of the “Belldozer” package, in which he’d enter the game for starter Landry Jones, take a shotgun shap and plow ahead for short-yardage gains and goal-line touchdowns.

“Following Landry, he did a great job commanding the offense, but I think I’m right there,” Bell told reporters before the event began. “I’ve got to get better this summer and things of that nature. But by the season, hopefully a lot of us are ready to go.”

Bell said he hopes his running skills — combined with the passing ability no one has seen in a collegiate game situation — will make OU’s offense better.

“Obviously that’s not all I want to do and I’m going to do,” Bell said of running. “We’re going to be out there and throw a little bit, but I think the key is being able to do a little bit of both and keeping the defense on their heels.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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