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OU football: Sooners might benefit using both Trevor Knight and Blake Bell in Sugar Bowl

OU's best strategy for offensive success against mighty Alabama could be as simple as using both quarterbacks — and using them both a lot.
by Jason Kersey Published: December 22, 2013

OU coaches essentially tossed out their run-heavy, option game plan when Bell took over, and it worked. But before Knight's injury late in the first half, he'd managed the game well, rushing for 47 yards on 11 carries.

Knight is already back practicing and expects to be at full strength for the Sugar Bowl.

“We mixed and matched and some of it was planned and some of it wasn't,” said offensive coordinator Josh Heupel. “You have a couple different injuries that happened in the last couple weeks of the season. You try to put those guys in position to be successful.

“We'll have a mixture of a little bit of everything heading into the Sugar Bowl and try to give ourselves a chance to win the ballgame.”

Winning the ballgame is Oklahoma's primary objective in the Sugar Bowl, as it should be. Establishing an identity or picking up momentum for next season are nice, too, but winning the game — even with a scattered, patched-together offense — will take care of some of those secondary goals anyway.

“I think all year, we've all done a great job of everyone just working together and you know, it's a unit,” Bell said. “It's not just one guy, it's the whole unit and everyone preparing and fighting each day like you could go in at any moment.”

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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