Blake Bell has yet to start a game as Oklahoma’s quarterback.
Going into fall practices, he hasn’t even been named the Sooners’ starter at the position.
But Bell is on the watch list for the Maxwell Award, given to the college player of the year by the Maxwell Football Club.
Bell has scored 24 touchdowns over the past two season from the “Belldozer” package but it expected to be OU’s starting quarterback this season after the graduation of Landry Jones.
Bell is one of five Big 12 players on the list, joining Texas quarterback David Ash, Kansas State running back John Hubert, TCU quarterback Casey Pachall and Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk.
A pair of Notre Dame defensive players, defensive tackle Louis Nix III and defensive end Stephon Tuitt were named to the list as well. The Sooners will play at Notre Dame on Sept. 28.
Also named to the list was former Norman North running back Beau Blankenship, now at Ohio, and Tulsa’s Trey Watts. Watts is the son of former Sooner star J.C. Watts.
The Maxwell Award has been given by the club since 1937. Jason White was the last OU player to win the award, taking the honor in 2004. Tommy McDonald won the award in 1956. OSU’s Barry Sanders won the award in 1988.
Semifinalists for the award will be announced Oct. 29, with three finalists being named Nov. 25. The winners will be announced Dec. 12.