The Oklahoma Sooners have seemingly snuffed out all talk of a quarterback controversy heading into 2014.
Bob Stoops says Blake Bell will work at TE for #OU. Stoops is excited about dual-threat FR QB Justice Hansen & his great arm.— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) February 5, 2014
Initially snubbed as the team’s starting quarterback during the preseason, Bell won back the job after freshman Trevor Knight stumbled out of the gate.
The Wichita, Kan., native started eight games under center, throwing for 1,648 yards, 12 touchdowns and five interceptions on 60.1 percent passing. He also added another 255 yards on 75 carries.
Although Bell had his fair share of highs during the season—leading Oklahoma to wins over Notre Dame, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State—he also had some lows. More specifically, Bell put in stinkers in key losses to Texas and Baylor, throwing for a total of 288 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions on 27-of-61 passing.
The Sooners lost both games by a combined score of 77-32.
But if that didn’t seal the soon-to-be senior’s fate, Knight’s stellar performance during the team’s Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama, 45-31, certainly did.
Still, it would be wise for Oklahoma to utilize Bell’s strength on the field instead of on the bench. After all, he does boast a 6’6”, 252-pound frame.
Ironically enough, Bell’s father hinted at how his size is better suited for another position.
“You know when I was playing, they didn’t make quarterbacks that big,” Mark Bell said last July, via SoonerScoop’s RJ Young. “He’s got a perfect tight end body on him for the NFL—I mean he’s got that kind of body. It’s amazing how big he is for a quarterback.”
It’s that frame that helped Bell rack up 24 rushing touchdowns on the ground during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, earning him the nickname of the “Belldozer.”
After throwing and rushing for touchdowns, Bell is ready to find the end zone another way: by catching passes.
Talk about a triple threat.
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