OU football: Hawkeyes feel prepared for 'Belldozer'

Hawkeyes see different offenses in Big Ten, but rarely an offense as versatile as the Sooners'.
by Berry Tramel Published: December 27, 2011

At least most opponents. The Sooners don't try fool opponents with Bell in the game. He has thrown but two passes, neither complete, out of the Belldozer.

“The majority of time, he's going to run the ball,” said cornerback Micah Hyde. “But there's no rule that he can't pass it.”

OU offensive coordinator Josh Heupel doesn't talk like a coach who has soured on Bell's passing.

“He can still throw,” Heupel said. “He's going to have a strong arm. He'll make all the throws. He's getting better in the decision-making.”

One of the bonuses of the Belldozer is the extra preparation it demands of defenses.

“As far as preparation, knowing what to expect, when they get down there, they're going to turn into a power offense,” said Iowa safety Jordan Bernstine.

The answer, he said, is clear: “Gang-tackle. It's a case of tackling. Getting everybody there.”

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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