“He’s fit in very nicely with our guys, and he’s really excelled at that position,” Boulware said. “He brings an athlete, which is what we’ve always said we really need. We don’t need blockers; we need guys who can run down the field and make plays on the ball, and Blake can do that. He can do it very well.”
Asked about Bell’s attitude throughout the transition, Boulware said it’s been terrific.
“Well, I think every player in collegiate football has a dream,” Boulware said. “We all dream to go to college, start and go to the NFL. So my approach with Blake has been real simple from Day 1. ‘You wanna go to the NFL? This is a spot.’
“It’s not hard to motivate a kid when you use that form, and he has aspirations of going to the next level, and if he keeps working at it, he’ll have a shot. That’s it. He’s self-motivated.”
Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Jay Norvell, on former Sooner Jalen Saunders’ work ethic:
“We've really made a point to our guys that they will not be on the field in the fall unless they play with that kind of effort. The great thing that Jalen left behind is it wasn't about his numbers. There were other receivers that maybe had more catches but nobody played harder than Jalen. … That's the legacy he leaves here.”
BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER