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OU football notebook: Blake Bell doesn't miss blue jersey

Oklahoma senior quarterback-turned-tight end Blake Bell isn’t protected by the blue practice jersey anymore, but he said he doesn’t mind.
by Jason Kersey and Trent Shadid Published: March 13, 2014

Oklahoma senior quarterback-turned-tight end Blake Bell isn’t protected by the blue practice jersey anymore, but he said he doesn’t mind.

“You know what? Not really,” Bell responded when asked if he misses it. “I went out there the first day and had a tight crimson jersey on, and it made me feel kinda big. That blue one kind of made you look smaller.”

Bell is still adjusting to the more physical practices tight ends endure. He said he’s mostly gone against defensive end Geneo Grissom and pass-rushing linebacker Eric Striker in practice.

“I’d say almost every play we’re talking,” Bell said. “Every play, we’re talking. I can’t say everything they say, but it’s fun.”

He said he likes that coaches aren’t making him take any reps at quarterback. They have allowed him to be all-in at tight end.

“That was one of the things I wanted to do,” Bell said. “If I was going to go to tight end, I wanted to go full at it and work hard. That’s what I wanted to do from now on. I’m happy that they are letting me do it.”


Former Sooner Drew Allen was the only quarterback who went through drills at the pro day on Wednesday.

Allen spent four years at OU before receiving his degree and transferring to Syracuse where he played this past season.

“I’m the quarterback for this ’09 class (at OU), so I knew this would be a great opportunity for me to come in and throw to some great receivers,” Allen said. “There are some really great receivers in this draft class for Oklahoma, and I obviously knew that, so I asked Coach (Bob) Stoops and he was nice enough to let me come do this. He couldn’t have been more hospitable about it. Anything I needed he wanted me to let him know, and I think that’s how it is no matter how long you’ve been out of the program.”

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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