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by Jenni Carlson and Ryan Aber and John Helsley and Jason Kersey Published: August 20, 2013

Our writers give their takes on the quarterback situations at OU and OSU:

Jason Kersey, OU beat writer

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops might use two quarterbacks again in 2013, and on paper, the system would seem like a perfect way to keep defenses off balance and keep both Blake Bell and Trevor Knight happy.

But football games aren't played on paper.

If Knight is anointed the Sooners' full-time starter, the Belldozer package could live on and continue to cause opponents fits in short-yardage situations. Or if Bell wins the job, Knight's athleticism would seemingly be perfect as a change-of-pace option.

But would Bell — once believed to be Landry Jones' unquestioned heir apparent — be OK with playing second fiddle to another quarterback after two years of situational-only action?

Bell has demonstrated nothing but grace and a team-first mentality throughout his time on campus, but it would be completely understandable if his enthusiasm for the Belldozer was diminished in a season he expected to take over the complete offense.

If both quarterbacks are fully on board, I see no reason not to take advantage of each of their strengths. But if that's not the case, such a system could cause unneeded problems.

Ryan Aber, OU beat writer

Using a two-quarterback system might very well be the right on-the-field move for the Sooners this year.

If the starter is Trevor Knight, Blake Bell adds exactly what he's added the past two years in the Belldozer. If it's Bell, Knight adds a speedier option back there as a change-of-pace. Even more, it would be the right move in the locker room.

The continuation of the Belldozer would keep Bell from a diminished role and Knight's elusiveness could turn the package into a different look, using it in other places on the field and not making it a given in the red zone.

A Knight package would help get the freshman some meaningful reps to keep him content while also utilizing his legs to add another dimension to what figures to be a strong ground game.

Gina Mizell, OSU beat writer

I tend to not be a fan of two-quarterback systems.

But Oklahoma State showed last season that, when handled correctly, it cannot only work, but work brilliantly.

The key, of course, is having the right players.

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by Jenni Carlson
Columnist
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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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 John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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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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