Posted August 20, 2013

Report: Trevor Knight, Blake Bell still competing for Oklahoma QB gig

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Blake Bell is trying to prove he's more than a runner. (Jackson Laizure/Getty Images)

Blake Bell is trying to prove he’s more than a runner. (Jackson Laizure/Getty Images)

Oklahoma has yet to decide on a starting quarterback, with Trevor Knight and Blake Bell still competing to take over for Landry Jones, Jason Kersey of The Oklahoman reports.

It was reported Monday night by another outlet that Knight, a redshirt freshman, had surpassed Bell.

Coming out of high school, Bell was rated by Rivals.com as the No. 6 pro-style quarterback, but so far at Oklahoma he’s been mostly a runner in short-yardage situations, operating as the “Belldozer.” He’s scored 24 rushing touchdowns the last two seasons. As a passer, the results have been mixed. Bell, a junior, has completed only 20 career passes, going 9-for-16 in 2012 for 107 yards.

Knight obviously has no game experience but was a dual-threat player at San Antonio Reagan. As a junior in high school, he rushed for over 1,000 yards and threw for more than 1,600, with 33 total touchdowns.

The Sooners open the season Aug. 31 against Louisiana-Monroe.


6 comments
UTKING
UTKING

Sounds like the same thing the Texas Longhorns Football program had to go through. They had a 5 star QB Garrett Gilbert quit on his teammates after an impressive comeback against Alabama in the National Championship game of 2009 and a difficult year in 2010. The next year he left his team because he could not handle the pressure of being a QB for the University of Texas and force Coach Brown to use his two very young QB's. The Longhorns QB's had little or none experience, so UT invested hiring an Offensive Genius in Bryan Harsin from Boise State to help coach them up. He brought a new style and new coaching techniques to the 40 Acres and also help trained Major Applewhite how to add to his Offensive knowledge to be a very good Co  Offensive Coordinator and QB Coach with more Great Ideas and new Concepts he could incorporate with his Offensive Concepts. The starters were Freshman QB David Ash and Sophomore QB Case McCoy, they also installed the two QB system and history proves it's not a simple transition. It will take time to develop two inexperience players at the most important position on the field the QB position. I guarantee OU opponents are counting the days to pin their ears back and go after the key players that will determine OU success. In 2013 OU opponents will punish these young QB's and they will feel the heat, pressure like never before this is a deferent level of competition. These young QB's will be running for their lives as a result of having little or no game experience and this will have a huge impact on their mindset for years to come because they are forced to play or thrown to the wolves. OU Coaching staff have been purposely humiliating their opponents for several years while they had players such as Landry Jones, Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray and Kenny Stills and for running the score up when last years games were already won. Don't you think all Big 12 teams will remember how Bob Stoops did not care about sportsmanship just how many points he could score against all competition. OU will go through the same growing pains that Texas has went through for the last three years and this season they will get a taste of their own medicine. OU will finally know how it feels to expect their young QB's to be able to just to survive a game especially during this rebuilding season. Now they will have to start all over and pay a price for the next few years but this time the OU program will feel the pressure and Bob Stoops will get what he deserves. The same treatment that he has been doing to all the Big 12 teams and Non Conference opponents and will experience how it feels to be humiliated. Remember every dog has their day but this time it will be OU day to suffer, they will have to go through a desperation period of time just to be able to compete and keep a game close. Having young QB's trying to run their offense, replacing a four year starter at the QB position and all the other important players on both sides of the field will not be easy. The 2012 111th Defense against the run last year lost several starters with only 4 returning on defense, teams will run until the death out of the ball until they prove they can stop them then all the sudden the Play Action Offense will come in effect or a trick play, including deep passes. OU never gave their younger players much game experience the last few years and because of their greed to run up the scores and being the Bully of the Conference, REVENGE will be on the minds for all the teams who got DISRESPECTED. It's going to be a GREAT Year in College Football can't wait to see a new Champion and how what you do to some come to some, Get ready for some SERIOUS KARMA OU !!!!


Blinker
Blinker

"It was reported Monday night by another outlet that Knight, a redshirt freshman, had surpassed Bell."

No surprise here.  Must be a HUGE let down for Bell though. Maybe he should switch to RB.

RobertWoodson
RobertWoodson

@UTKING You are a very good fan of Texas as your writing indicates.  Good for you!  OU and Texas have ruled the Big 12 for years!  As an OU fan, it is great when both teams are in the top 10 or 5 every year. It  Makes the other team better.  I wish Texas the best on every game but one, when they play OU. Always a fight and records usually don 't mean a thing.  Yes the scores the past few years have been pretty one sided.  Not sure Mack can pull it out this year and it may be his last.  Keep supporting your team, that is what college football is all about  I was at every game in the 90's when OU stunk and lost to Texas every year.  I never lost faith and Texas will be great again.  

brisby1
brisby1

@UTKING , Sounds like sour grapes to me , i guess getting beat by your rival 3 years in a row would leave one with some serious animosity . As for running up the scores on teams exactly which games would you be referring to ? We barely won most of our games the last 4 years , so Jones had to be in the game in the 4th quarter , and as for Bradford go check the box scores and you will see that in most of those blowouts he was out of the game sometime in the 3rd quarter . While you are at it check the box score from the 2005 Big 12 title game and you will see that Vince Young was still in the game with about 6 mins . left in the 4th quarter up by over 50 points .  If being the best team in the conference since it's inception makes us the "Bully" then i except the compliment graciously , as you should accept the whipping we will give you for the 4th year in a row come October !  P.S. Bring the Karma if you can , but i doubt we have to worry to much , i have seen Ash play , LOL !!   BOOMER SOONER !!!!

CharlieFoxtrot
CharlieFoxtrot

@Blinker   He's a natural TE.  6'6" 260 lb    He's got almost a full two years to make the conversion too.