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OU football notebook: Experience big for Blake Bell

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: September 12, 2013

But this season, the sophomore is making a big impact on the offensive line. He's started both games at right guard so far, supplanting Bronson Irwin, who started all 13 games there a year ago.

“It's been a blessing,” Kasitati said. “In the last two years I've been hurt and it's been pretty crazy. Coming out and starting, I worked my butt off in camp and you reap what you sow.”

Irwin and Kasitati have rotated plenty, though Kasitati has gotten the bulk of the playing time.

“I'm fortunate to have Brony (Irwin) switch out with me every once in awhile,” Kasitati said. “We both get to take a breath and every time we hear our names called to get in there, we're ready to go.”


With nearly 60 Oklahomans on the Tulsa's roster and nearly 40 on the travel squad, Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship said the players who weren't recruited by Oklahoma can have a chip on their shoulder when playing the Sooners.

“I think the chip is OK,” Blankenship told the Tulsa World. “I think sometimes you might be in a little awe. … There's a little bit of a balancing act that they'll have.

“I think it's OK to say, ‘I think I could have played here.' … That's great if that motivates you.”

While many of the in-state players weren't offered by the Sooners, freshman defensive end Dalton Rodriguez was.

Rodriguez was committed to OU before switching his commitment to the Golden Hurricane in December.

Rodriguez is not expected to play Saturday though.


by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics 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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