OU football: Drew Allen pulls away from Blake Bell for No. 2 QB

Bell a candidate to redshirt, run Sooners' scout-team offense
BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: August 27, 2010 at 10:58 am •  Published: August 26, 2010

NORMAN — Blake Bell came to Oklahoma with plenty of hype.

And plenty of stars.

In fact, coach Bob Stoops said before the first day of practice that Bell would have every opportunity to win the No. 2 quarterback job behind starter Landry Jones.

Instead, once forgotten Drew Allen has separated himself in the backup quarterback derby this fall, making Bell a candidate to redshirt and run the scout-team offense.

"We're really excited about Drew and the way he's continued to improve," said quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel. "He's much more accurate, and he's getting his body in better position. He had a great summer, but I think he's really progressed through two-a-days here.

"About halfway through I think everything started to click and slow down for him."

Unlike Bell, Allen came to Norman last year with little fanfare and only three recruiting stars. Allen had offers to Colorado, Kansas State and Wake Forest, but the native of San Antonio wasn't pursued by the big boys of Texas.

Still, with a prototypical 6-foot-5 frame, underrated speed (Allen recently ran a 4.65 in the 40-yard dash) and a strong arm, potential was there.

After redshirting last year, Allen flashed some of the potential in the Red-White Spring Game. Even though his side lost, Allen was the highlight for the Red team, converting third-and-20 with a bomb to Jaz Reynolds down the sideline. Allen later tossed a 38-yard strike to Ryan Broyles for another first down.

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