OU football notebook: Corey Nelson, Jordan Phillips undergo surgery

Nelson tore his pectoral muscle during the Sooners' win over TCU. Phillips sat out the last two games with a back problem.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: October 16, 2013

Sooners quarterback Blake Bell will have plenty of support at Saturday's game at Kansas, though some of his fans in attendance will be rooting on the Jayhawks.

Bell, who's from Wichita, Kan., will have a large group of friends and family at the game.

His cousin, Beau Bell, is a walk-on linebacker for the Jayhawks.

“Anytime I can play in Kansas,” Blake Bell said. “I'm excited.”

NORVELL: JAYHAWKS WILL BE TOUGH

Despite going against a Kansas team this weekend that has dropped 23 consecutive Big 12 games and 25 consecutive games against teams currently in the league, Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell insists the Jayhawks defense will be a challenge.

“They are very aggressive,” Norvell said. “They're very improved defensively.

“It'll be a similar challenge to a week ago. … They're a very stingy defense. They make you work to get open, so we've got to do a very good job this week in the passing game.

The Jayhawks are allowing 222.2 passing yards per game, nearly 70 less than they did a year ago.

Kansas also has 12 takeaways, tied for fourth in the Big 12. The Jayhawks have also turned the ball over 11 times themselves.

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“At the end of the day, I don't find my value or my worth as a person or as an offensive coordinator from what's going on on the outside and our players can't do that either. You've gotta be confident, know the direction that you're going, believe in yourself and believe in the guys around you and go to work every single day. That's what everybody in here's doing.”

Josh Heupel, Sooners co-offensive coordinator, on outside criticisms.

BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY

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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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