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.”