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

NORMAN — During a brief chat last week with a source close to one OU quarterback, the conversation shifted to the Sooners' Sugar Bowl tilt against No. 3 Alabama.

Unprovoked, the source laughed and acknowledged the elephant in the room.

“Your guess is as good as mine.”

Indeed, it seems as if no one — maybe even Oklahoma coaches themselves at this point — know who will start Jan. 2 at quarterback for the Sooners in the Superdome.

OU coach Bob Stoops said the choice between junior Blake Bell and redshirt freshman Trevor Knight will be a “game time decision.”

But truthfully, this doesn't have to be any big deal. OU's best strategy for offensive success against the mighty Crimson Tide could be as simple as using Bell and Knight, and using them both a lot.

First of all, the Sooners aren't fooling anyone into believing that Bell can run the read option like Knight, or that Knight can consistently throw the ball like Bell.

OU hasn't established a consistent, firm offensive identity all season long, so it certainly isn't going to settle that issue in the last game of the season against one of the best teams in the country.

Bell, who started eight games this season and was extraordinary at times and ineffective at others, entered the Bedlam game a third option behind Knight and sophomore Kendal Thompson.

Senior center Gabe Ikard said Bell received “maybe five reps all week in practice” before the Oklahoma State game, but after Knight separated a shoulder and Thompson struggled, Bell rose to the occasion and played a great fourth quarter, leading the Sooners to a 33-24 upset victory.


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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