OU football notebook: Belldozer makes cameo

The Belldozer package, which includes double tight ends and a pair of fullbacks helping clear the way for quarterback Blake Bell, had been marginalized this season.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: October 6, 2013

Belldozer makes cameo

The Belldozer was a staple of the Sooners' short-yardage offense for the last two years.

But with Blake Bell taking over the starting quarterback job after two games this season, the package, which includes double tight ends and a pair of fullbacks helping clear the way for Bell, had been marginalized this season.

Against Notre Dame, the Sooners had several short-yardage tries and, even on the ones Bell carried or had the option to carry on, the Belldozer grouping remained sidelined.

In the first quarter against TCU on Saturday, the Belldozer made its return.

On the Sooners second drive, OU was facing a fourth-and-2 from the TCU 28. Brannon Green and Nila Kasitati were lined up as tight ends with Aaron Ripkowski and Trey Millard to Bell's right.

Bell read the blocking and picked up four yards.

The alignment was the same on the following play, an incomplete pass to Jalen Saunders.

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