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OU football: Bob Stoops says Blake Bell remains the starting quarterback

Stoops: “I'm not gonna chance what we're doing with the quarterbacks.”
by Jason Kersey Published: November 11, 2013

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.”