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OU football: Why Bob Stoops is sticking with Blake Bell

COMMENTARY — For the first time as the Sooners head coach, quarterbacking has become a legitimate question mark for Bob Stoops. Expect him to answer it the same way he has most every other situation he's faced.
by Jenni Carlson Published: October 18, 2013

Plenty of Sooner faithful were ready to pitch Nate Hybl to the curb after he replaced an injured Jason White early in the 2002 season. All that Hybl did was lead the Sooners to a 12-win season, a Big 12 title and the Rose Bowl, where he was the MVP.

The past couple seasons, Sooner fans again raised their voices for quarterback change. Plenty wanted Bell to play in place of Landry Jones.

Seems a little silly now, doesn't it?

Stoops may not have a philosophy, but he definitely likes to stay with a quarterback, and most of the time, that's for the best.

Frankly, sticking with Bell would be best this season.

Does he have flaws?


Stoops has admitted as much.

But changing quarterbacks now would send confusion and panic through the Sooner locker room, and as rotten as the passing game has been these last few weeks, OU has still lost just one game. Yes, it was a big game. Yes, it was a game that no one in Soonerland ever wants to lose. But still, it's just one loss.

This isn't the time to panic.

Stoops has never done that when it comes to his quarterbacks, and in this case, patience will be a virtue for the Sooners.

Bell has shown he can throw it well. Think back to the Notre Dame game, even though it seems like a million years ago. He just needs to get on the same page with receivers, get comfortable and get consistent.

That takes time.

Stoops will give it to him, just like he has with Sooner quarterbacks who've come before.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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