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OU football notebook: Gabe Ikard expected Blake Bell's big performance

Ikard, the Sooners' center, is one of Bell's roommates, so he knows the Belldozer better than most.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: September 22, 2013


Center Gabe Ikard is one of quarterback Blake Bell's roommates, so Ikard knows the Belldozer better than most.

Did he get a sense that Bell would play as well as he ultimately did in his first career start?

“He's a guy that … he'll rise to the occasion,” Ikard said. “He's a guy that's been successful his whole life when it comes to playing sports, so I expected nothing less. Everyone doubted whether he could throw the football or not. We all knew he could.

“With what they gave us on defense, we knew that there was gonna be some chances for some big plays and if we gave him time and made him comfortable back there in the pocket, he'd be able to show what he could do.”

Bell completed 27 of 37 passes for 413 yards and four touchdowns in the Sooners' 51-20 win over Tulsa. His yardage total is the OU school record for a quarterback making his first career start.


Senior linebacker Corey Nelson was asked early last week if the Sooners' bye would help them in their preparation for a tough trip Saturday to Notre Dame.

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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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