NORMAN — Asked whether he could use a two-quarterback system to start the season, Bob Stoops resorted to quoting movie lines from a juvenile comedy.
“What do they say? Never say never and there's always a chance,” Stoops said Tuesday. “Even what's his name in “Dumb and Dumber,” he had a chance. It was one in a million, but he did have a chance.”
The Sooners have used some sort of a two-quarterback system the past two years, with the Belldozer in short-yardage and red-zone situations. But this year, with Blake Bell and Trevor Knight battling for the starting quarterback spot with less than two weeks to go until the opener, Stoops seems to be only leaving open the possibility in case drastic measures are needed.
Anytime he's been asked about the possibility of playing both Bell and Knight in any significant way, he's had a similar non-answer answer.
Stoops did shoot down reports that Knight had already been named the starter for the Aug. 31 opener against Louisiana-Monroe.
“Of course it isn't true,” he said.
Sources told The Oklahoman on Tuesday that the starting quarterback had not been decided entering the evening practice.
Stoops said he still planned on naming a starter later in the week, perhaps as early as Wednesday.
Bell has the game experience, spelling Landry Jones the last two seasons with the Belldozer. But the junior hasn't run the full offense with the game on the line.
Knight is just a redshirt freshman and has not played in anything bigger than the spring game.
The two are different with their feet as much as anything else — Bell is more of a power, inside runner while Knight is a speedier outside option — but either will make the position more mobile than it has been in recent years.
The likelihood that the starter is likely to take more of a pounding in the running game makes it critical to keep the second guy fresh.
“We're very aware that these guys are all capable of moving around with the ball more than maybe some we've had,” Stoops said. “If that happens, they're likely to take a few shots and/or they're fatigued. When you're not an older guy that's done it a bunch that takes awhile to get used to. Sometimes there may be a place to have two guys set to play.”