NORMAN — Blake Bell remains Oklahoma's starting quarterback, and Bob Stoops gave little indication Monday that the junior's seat is even lukewarm.
“I'm not gonna change what we're doing with the quarterbacks,” Stoops said.
Since taking over as starter in the Sooners' third game, Bell has looked really good at times, and pretty bad at others.
He completed just 15 of 35 pass attempts for 150 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Thursday's 41-12 loss at Baylor, where Oklahoma's offense was unable to do almost anything for most of the game.
“I'm not gonna grade it in front of everybody,” Stoops said when asked about Bell's performance in last Thursday's loss to Baylor. “It's been inconsistent. I think that's the fairest thing to say.”
By all accounts, sophomore Kendal Thompson was right in the thick of the preseason quarterback battle until a foot injury early in fall camp derailed his chances to be named Oklahoma's opening day starter.
Redshirt freshman Trevor Knight won the job, but he was replaced by Bell after struggling in the first two games and suffering a knee injury.
When Bell briefly left the Sooners' 35-21 win at Notre Dame with cramps, Knight was his temporary replacement.
Knight also got some work against Baylor in a special package designed to take advantage of his speed and athleticism.
Thompson, meanwhile, appears unlikely to see any action this late in the season, a fact that his father — former OU quarterback Charles Thompson — expressed public dismay over after the game Thursday.
Charles Thompson called in to a sports talk radio show and said his son deserves a shot now that he's healthy, and he indicated lots of players on the team privately feel the same way.
“I'm not gonna sit here and make wholesale changes in the ninth game of the year when we've done some awfully good things through the year,” Stoops said when asked about Thompson. “Kendal has done an awesome job. We love what he's doing. He's got a bright future.
“It's just hard to overcome the initial way he started. It's no one's fault that he was injured, and he missed 40 practices to start the year.”
Senior center and team captain Gabe Ikard said Bell doesn't deserve the blame for the Sooners' poor performance Thursday in Waco, Texas.
“When it comes down to it, if we execute in the run game better, we're gonna set him up in better situations,” Ikard said. “The way we played on Thursday is not gonna help any quarterback no matter who you put behind us.”
Asked if he's at least a little curious to see what Thompson can do in a game situation, Stoops responded: “I'm not sitting here looking that that's what we're gonna do. I'd love to see it. And it would be all perfect for him to throw for 500 yards and be 18-of-18 and run for another hundred. But you don't know that that's going to happen.”