OU football: Bob Stoops said starting quarterback choice will be 'game-time decision'

Stoops said Trevor Knight, who started the regular season's final two games before suffering a shoulder injury against Oklahoma State, is practicing.
by Ryan Aber Published: December 16, 2013

On the surface, that would appear to favor Knight, who is more effective in the zone-read and read-option packages, versus Bell who is more of a traditional pocket passer with some quarterback-run sprinkled in.

The Crimson Tide struggled to contain Auburn's zone-read offense in their Iron Bowl loss to the Tigers.

But Bell gave OU coaches plenty to think about by leading the Sooners on an eight-play, 66-yard drive in just 1:27 to beat OSU.

“We got hot throwing it on them toward the end, because we were in a situation where we had to, and we did it well,” Stoops said. “It's hard to say. Was that an advantage? I don't know that. They probably hadn't worked as much of that, from the way we had played a couple weeks before.”

Ikard, Bell's roommate, said the team would be behind whichever quarterback started. Ikard said Bell's confidence was at a high point going into the bowl game.

“Obviously with that drive — that throw — I'm sure he's extremely confident right now and he should be,” Ikard said. “To come in and do that on the last drive was impressive and definitely made our season. But they'll keep battling at quarterback. It's just how they've done it all season.”

Stoops said Bell's demeanor on the sideline before the game-winning drive inspired confidence in his teammates.

“I was half-smiling on the sideline watching him,” Stoops said. “I said, ‘Look at him, he can't wait to go.' He gets out there and is fantastic.”

by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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