OU football: Blake Bell to remain at OU, switches to tight end

The former quarterback tells offensive coordinator Josh Heupel he believes the Sooners have a chance to do something special next season.
by Trent Shadid Published: February 5, 2014

NORMAN — Blake Bell loves Oklahoma.

So much so that the former quarterback, whose arm led the Sooners on a game-winning drive at rival Oklahoma State late last season, has decided to switch positions rather than transfer.

Following quarterback Trevor Knight's impressive performance in the Sugar Bowl win over Alabama, Bell approached OU offensive coordinator Josh Heupel and expressed his intentions to stay with the program as a tight end.

“Blake wants to play, wants to help his team, wants to compete and believes that's a great position for him to do that,” Heupel said. “I think everyone on our staff believes in him as a competitor and as a player. It's going to be a lot of fun for him to make a change and then see where he can grow. I feel like he's going to be a good player there.

“Over the break, he wasn't sure what he was going to do. He approached me when I got back into town, and we had a conversation. He said, ‘Listen, I want to play at the University of Oklahoma. I'm a Sooner. I believe we've got a chance to do something special here.'”

While coach Bob Stoops said the quarterback position remains an open competition, he hinted at Knight being entrenched as the starter.

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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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