Blake Bell vying for backup quarterback job

August, 19, 2012
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NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma coaches and teammates have been impressed by the development of sophomore quarterback Blake Bell, who is largely known for his role in OU’s short yardage package known as the Belldozer.

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Mark D. Smith/US PresswireBlake Bell showed off his arm in Oklahoma's Red-White spring football game.
“He’s a throwing quarterback that is big enough that we’ll use him in that package,” offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. “The Belldozer is a package we use him in because a skill set he has but we recruited him as a passer. We recruited him that way and he’s continued that way and if you ask anyone in our program I think they’re pretty comfortable with him throwing the ball.

This fall, Bell appears to be making a move to be the backup quarterback behind Landry Jones. He has had a strong preseason camp and has performed well in live scrimmage situations.

“He was efficient, made plays and took care of the football,” Heupel said of Bell’s performance after OU’s first preseason scrimmage. “He handled himself in a positive way.”

Nonetheless, neither Bell or Drew Allen have been named OU’s No. 2 quarterback and the battle remains extremely fluid.

“We’ll make a decision over the next couple days,” Heupel said. “That means a couple of days to two weeks to three weeks. That’s a very vague answer.”

Bell appears to have surpassed Allen as OU’s backup quarterback but until it is made official the competition remains open. No matter what happens, the Sooners have one of the deepest groups of signal-callers in America.

Brandon Chatmon | email

Oklahoma/Big 12 reporter

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