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The Belldozer lives for Sooners

by Ryan Aber Published: August 25, 2014
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Since Blake Bell transitioned from quarterback to tight end in the spring, Oklahoma coaches have insisted that the move was permanent and Bell’s time at quarterback in any capacity was over.

Last week, though, Bell took backup reps at the position with second-strong quarterback Cody Thomas on the shelf with what has been described as a minor muscle strain.

Monday, Sooners coach Bob Stoops said the Belldozer package was alive and well also.

“How much? We’ll see,” Stoops said. “We always think there are a certain number of plays that we can go to. Truthfully, if you ever do that, you are taking some hits away from Trevor (Knight) or some tougher inside spots where you can get bigger piles and you don’t want him in.

“There’s a place for it. But how much or now, it would depend on how successful we are with some of the other stuff we are doing.”

Bell scored 24 rushing touchdowns in 2011 and 2012 in the package when Landry Jones was the Sooners’ starting quarterback.

Stoops said Thomas’ injury coupled with the desire to redshirt freshman Justice Hansen and Baker Mayfield’s unsure situation led to Bell being used at quarterback last week.

Bell was listed atop the depth chart at tight end when the Sooners’ made their initial depth chart public Monday morning.

 

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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