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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

Syracuse’s pro day is set for March 26, but Allen says he does not plan to attend.

SHEPARD LEADING RECEIVERS

Junior wide receiver Sterling Shepard spent his first two years on campus playing with lots of experienced, veteran wideouts.

But entering 2014, Shepard is the veteran of the group who has the most game experience.

“I’ve told Shep, his world is different now,” said receivers coach Jay Norvell. “He’s not the young guy. He’s played a lot of football around here. He knows what it takes to win big games. He has got to make players around him better. That’s one thing, when you become a leader, you’ve gotta make everybody else better.”

In his career, Shepard has appeared in 26 games with 15 starts, and recorded 96 receptions for 1,224 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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Co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel, on freshman fullback Dimitri Flowers, who enrolled early and is going through spring practice:

“He’s one of the most skilled guys, most well-rounded guys that I’ve seen come into our program. ...He’s extremely bright for a young kid coming into your program. He doesn’t look like a freshman out there.”

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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