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OU football notebook: No announcement on starting quarterback

Despite television reports to the contrary, sources told The Oklahoman that OU coaches still haven't named a winner in the quarterback derby between Blake Bell and Trevor Knight.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 21, 2013

Bob Stoops and offensive coordinator Josh Heupel have praised Finch's work ethic and attitude since the spring.

Asked how all of the Sooners' talented, experienced running backs would split up the carries this year, Finch said: “I don't know. I feel like the coaches are going to put us in the right spots and kind of give us the touches that we need.”


Oklahoma sophomore defensive end Charles Tapper is a big guy, standing at 6-foot-4 and weighing 261 pounds.

So when he says another player is going to be a “monster” — a word he used to describe new junior defensive tackle Quincy Russell — that means a little something extra.

“He's tough,” Tapper said. “Coming off the ball, he's just an animal.”

Russell signed with Oklahoma out of Trinity Valley Community College and originally planned to join the Sooners in January. But academic issues forced him to spend all spring, summer and the first few weeks of fall camp getting eligible.

The 6-4, 315-pound Russell made it to Norman late last week. Despite his delayed arrival, Russell could be in line for immediate playing time on a defensive line lacking experienced depth.

“He's a great student of the game,” Tapper said. “He asks us all the time what to do and what we should be doing. He tries to learn each position just in case he gets thrown into that opportunity.”


Oklahoma senior center Gabe Ikard, on how he'll feel when a starting quarterback is announced:

“It will probably be the happiest moment of my year so far. It's just ... it's not like ... first of all, I'm not going to tell you guys. I'm not going to tell someone randomly that comes up on the street. It's just not going to happen. But they insist on asking. Some people 10-15 times.”

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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