NORMAN — Blake Bell, Kendal Thompson and Trevor Knight will be the most-watched players during Saturday’s spring game, and with good reason.
The three are competing in Oklahoma’s first quarterback derby since the 2007 preseason, when Sam Bradford won the job.
Wrapping up my unit-by-unit look at the 2013 Sooners, here’s a glance at Oklahoma’s quarterbacks entering Saturday’s spring game.
No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt.
10; Blake Bell; Jr.; 6-6; 263
1; Kendal Thompson; So.; 6-1; 191
9; Trevor Knight; RFr.; 6-1; 202
Quarterbacks analysis: Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said all three quarterbacks have performed pretty evenly throughout spring practices. If that’s true, the spring game becomes even more important.
“You can only name a starter once somebody has earned that position,” Heupel said. “None of those guys have earned it yet. It doesn’t mean they’re not playing well. It’s just nobody has earned that spot. All three of those guys have continued to get better day by day, week by week. If they continue to do that the next six or seven practices, they’re giving themselves a chance to play at the level we expect them to play at.”
Kendal Thompson was easy for most folks to forget — not because of anything he did, but because of Blake Bell’s role in the offense the past two seasons and the praise Trevor Knight received from his scout-team performance a year ago.
But Thompson has put himself in a strong position entering the spring game, and could very well end up being Oklahoma’s starter.
“He’s extremely competitive,” Heupel said. “He had a great offseason physically. He’s grown a lot mentally from where was a year ago, or where he finished during bowl preparation. He has competed in a great way, and that’s why he’s given himself a chance to be the guy.”
I believed before spring football that the job was Bell’s to lose, and I still think he’s the favorite. But I’m not nearly as confident in that pick as I was a few short weeks ago. The battle could — and probably will — rage on into fall camp, but the spring game will provide an interesting glimpse.
Here’s a full schedule for the “State of the Sooners” series:
Monday, 11 a.m.: Special teams
Monday, 2 p.m.: Defensive backs
Tuesday, 11 a.m.: Linebackers
Tuesday, 2 p.m.: Defensive linemen
Wednesday, 11 a.m.: Offensive linemen
Wednesday, 2 p.m.: Tight ends
Thursday, 11 a.m.: Wide receivers
Thursday, 2 p.m.: Running backs
Friday, 11 a.m.: Quarterbacks