“With the positive momentum of how Trevor played throughout that game and coming off that, we want to try and build off that,” Stoops said. “That being the case, we're excited that even though Blake can graduate and go somewhere else wants to stay here and finish out and wants to try tight end.”
Heupel clarified that Bell, who is 6-foot-6 and 252 pounds, would be strictly a tight end. He was not expected to be an option at quarterback next year even in the event of an injury to Knight.
Bell's bloodlines could help make him a natural fit for playing in the trenches. His father, Mark, played six seasons in the NFL as a defensive end for the Seahawks and Colts.
“Blake has the size, the athleticism and the speed to (play tight end),” Stoops said. “He has exhibited his toughness through the years. I think it'll be a great fit for him. He's already working on that, and it's something we'll see in the spring.”