The Belldozer starts? We’ll see

Posted July 23rd, 2013


The guy asking the first question to Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops began with the premise that Blake Bell will replace Landry Jones as the Sooners’ starting quarterback this fall.

Not so fast, my friend.

Stoops quickly set the record straight, saying Bell, the big junior who was so effective in short-yardage and goal-line situations isn’t the automatic heir to the job. Sophomore Kendal Thompson and redshirt freshman Trevor Knight have also been impressive, he said.


“We’ve never been really excited about naming a guy too early,” Stoops said.

Bell, the 6-foot, 6-inch, 263-pounder, earned the backup role last year, has rushed for 24 touchdowns among his 104 career carries. While Stoops says Bell is an excellent thrower, especially on deep routes, he hasn’t had the chance to prove it over the long haul.

Thompson and Knight are both quicker, shiftier runners than Bell. But they’re young and raw.

Stoops said all three candidates have had their “uh-oh” moments in the spring, but all have shown tantalizing potential. And he’ll get around to naming a starter. Eventually.

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