Last week against Baylor, he was on the other side for the first time, as Trevor Knight came on several times.
Like Jones the last two years, Bell didn't publicly express any frustration at coming out of the game.
“It's fine,” Bell said. “I'm just here to play the game. The coaches decide that and decide when they want to put him in and stuff like that.”
Knight also played against Notre Dame, though that came when Bell was briefly knocked out due to injury.
GRISSOM, NDULUE AND KLEIN?
Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops got a bit nostalgic early in the week.
Stoops was asked about the defensive ends that would replace Charles Tapper during the first half of Saturday's game against Iowa State.
Tapper was suspended for a half after being ejected for throwing a punch late in the game against Baylor.
“Geneo (Grissom) has started and Chuka (Ndulue)'s played probably as good as anybody the last three or four weeks. So Chuka and Geneo will get the majority of reps in the first half and then Kory Klein will take a lot on both sides.”
Klein was a standout on OU's defensive line from 2000-03.
“Kory, ah what's his name?” Stoops said. “Oh, Matt Dimon. He kind of reminds me of Kory.”
FRANKS PROGRESSING OFFENSIVELY
Trey Franks, who bounced from offense to defense and then back to offense a few weeks ago, started against Baylor less than three weeks after shifting back to offense.
“He's just been making some improvement and gives us a speed guy out there that has a chance to make some big plays,” Stoops said.
Franks has yet to make a catch this season but has returned five kicks.
He made 41 catches in 2010 and 2011 before being suspended for the 2012 season and redshirting.
BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY