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Oklahoma, Texas changing styles in 2013

Updated: March 28, 2013, 12:21 PM ET
By Travis Haney

A quarterback turnover at Oklahoma could lead to an offensive makeover for the Sooners -- sort of.

Outgoing QB Landry Jones would have had difficulty escaping defenders with dumbbells strapped to their ankles, but OU now has two quarterbacks qualified to run, which will help to prevent sacks, extend plays and gain yardage.

The battle between redshirt junior Blake Bell, who has played quite a bit the past two seasons thanks to a short-yardage, run-oriented package, and promising redshirt freshman Trevor Knight could last into preseason camp.

Either way, there will be more of a run element to coordinator Josh Heupel's plans. The team's first spring practice, open to reporters earlier in the month, featured a heavy dose of the zone-read stuff that's seemingly enveloping every level of the game.

"It makes sense," a Big 12 coach told me. "If I had those guys, I'd find a way for them to run more too. It's got to open up more things for their offense."

Oklahoma highlights this look at teams shifting styles. I'll later hit Texas, which is shifting a different way, and look at what the changing schemes mean for the flood of first-year coaches and coordinators in their new jobs.

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