Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops declined to say Wednesday if Blake Bell will enter next season as starting quarterback.
“There's no way to answer that question now,” Stoops said. “That doesn't make any sense for me to answer that with three games and a bowl game left.”
Bell lost the preseason quarterback battle to redshirt freshman Trevor Knight, but took over as starter in the third game of the season. The junior has had a couple really good games, but he has also struggled with consistency.
In Oklahoma's 35-21 win at Notre Dame in late September, Bell completed 22 of 30 pass attempts for 232 yards and two touchdowns.
But last Thursday against Baylor, Bell was 15 of 35 for 150 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
Bell, Knight, sophomore Kendal Thompson and redshirting freshman Cody Thomas all return next season, and the Sooners will add Edmond Santa Fe standout Justice Hansen in their 2014 recruiting class.
“I think it's fair to say you can't discard — or however you say it — what he has done that's been really positive, right?” Stoops said of Bell. “In the end, you have to take that into consideration as well. And we do, even if other people don't.”
‘THE BEST 1-8 TEAM YOU'VE EVER SEEN'
Oklahoma enters Saturday's game as a better than three-touchdown favorite against Iowa State.
After last week's loss to Baylor, much of the focus this week has been not on the Cyclones but on Oklahoma's offensive issues.
But Sooners offensive lineman Bronson Irwin isn't taking anything lightly this week.
“They might be the best 1-8 team you've ever seen,” Irwin said. “They've lost a lot of close ones that have really comes down to the wire. They're a team that's gonna play down to the wire, and they're never going to quit. You've got to keep it on them and you've got to keep it on them and make sure you're matching their level of intensity.”
Iowa State has lost three Big 12 games by a touchdown or less, including last week's 21-17 loss to TCU. The Cyclones' lone win this season came Sept. 26 at Tulsa.
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