OU football: Everyone on roster must be ready to perform

Coaches like to talk about players — regardless of their position on the depth chart — always being ready for their name to be called. Few times has that been more evident than in Saturday's 51-20 Oklahoma win over Tulsa.
by Ryan Aber Published: September 15, 2013

NORMAN — Coaches like to talk about players — regardless of their position on the depth chart — always being ready for their name to be called.

Few times has that been more evident than in Saturday's 51-20 Oklahoma win over Tulsa.

A few weeks ago, Blake Bell was inconsolable after being passed over for the quarterback in favor of redshirt freshman Trevor Knight.

Even the Belldozer role he played the last two seasons behind Landry Jones wouldn't be needed much, if at all, because of Knight's mobility.

“It was rough, just like it'd be for any other quarterback (if) that situation happened in college football,” Bell said. “You know, it's not fun. It's not what you want to hear. It was a bad deal.”

Last year, Jaz Reynolds was one of three players suspended for the entire season for an unspecified violation of team rules.

It was Reynolds' second long suspension. His first came in 2010, when he was suspended for tweeting insensitive comments during OU/Texas week.

After rushing for 605 yards on 111 carries as a sophomore in 2011, Roy Finch spent last season in the doghouse, carrying the ball just seven times despite being healthy all year.

Against Tulsa, all three played big roles as the Sooners' offense came alive.

“There are great lessons for all of our guys in what happened today,” OU co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. “We made a point of that in the locker room after the game. We're going to need everybody in here. Whether it's 50 or 55, whatever it is on the offensive side of the ball, we're going to need everybody in here throughout the course of the season.


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
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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