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Blake Bell | Quarterback

Team: Oklahoma Sooners
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 245

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Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell suffered a knee sprain last week and will miss the remainder of spring practices.
Surgery is not expected, so Bell will rejoin the Sooners for summer camp in August. The former quarterback is attempting to transition to tight end for his last year of eligibility. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Bell has apparently impressed in practice at his new position. "Blake Bell has looked good," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops told reporters last week. "He scored a touchdown in one of our team deals. He's got great hands." Apr 7 - 12:03 AM
Source: ESPN.com

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Oklahoma will shift Blake Bell from quarterback to tight end.

It's the right move for player and team. Bell started eight games last year and threw for 1,648 yards and 12 touchdowns with five interceptions. The Belldozer was slated for backup duties in the coming season, as Trevor Knight was named MVP of the Sooners' upset win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. "Even though he could graduate and go somewhere, he wants to finish out and try tight end," coach Bob Stoops said. "I think it's a great fit. Blake has the size, the athleticism, the speed to do that, and he's exhibited his toughness through the years." The 6-foot-6, 252-pound Bell has the size, athleticism and toughness to play TE in the NFL if he takes to the position. Of course, he better get practicing. The NFL doesn't typically hand out jobs based on measurables.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 6 - 6:55 PM

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops will not announce the school's starting QB until kickoff against Kansas State.

Blake Bell suffered a head injury in the team's last game, but Stoops refuses to completely rule out the junior passer. Redshirt freshman Trevor Knight, who started the season, filled in for Bell against Iowa State. Neither has overly impressed this season.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 09:51:00 AM

Oklahoma junior QB Blake Bell completed only 15-of-35 attempts for 150 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Thursday's loss to Baylor.

It didn't seem likely that Bell could play worse than he did against Texas, but he may have just topped himself. Bell has thrown for more than 152 yards just once in Big 12 play, and he's posted an ugly 5/5 TD/INT ratio in five conference games. The Sooners' 2013 BCS hopes were torpedoed by the quarterback position.
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 11:25:00 PM

Oklahoma junior QB Blake Bell completed 12 of 26 attempts for 133 yards and two interceptions in a 36-20 loss to Texas.

Bell might have been even worse than the stats insinuate. We are surprised head coach Bob Stoops didn't switch over to Trevor Knight, but neither quarterbacks can pass. After making a name for himself as a runner in his first two seasons, Bell hasn't thrived in running situations since taking over as the starter.
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 04:52:00 PM

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops announced junior Blake Bell will start at QB against Notre Dame.

The Sooners don't face the Irish until September 28, so the timing is obviously a sign of Stoops' trust in Bell's performance. Redshirt freshman Trevor Knight is expected to miss a couple of weeks after suffering a knee bruise, but Bell has a firm hold on the starting job regardless. Bell completed 27 of 37 passes for 413 yards and four touchdowns against Tulsa.
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 08:22:00 AM

Oklahoma junior QB Blake Bell completed 27 of 37 attempts for 413 yards and four touchdowns in a 51-20 win over Tulsa.

Bell added 10 carries for 24 yards. Despite these stats, we weren't overly impressed with Bell as a passer. So many of his passes were lofted or short, which allowed for yards after the catch. That isn't such a bad thing for Oklahoma, but slow down Bell's projection as an NFL passer.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 04:19:00 PM

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops officially announced junior QB Blake Bell as the starter against Tulsa.

Bell has completed three of six attempts this season for 38 yards, adding 31 yards on the ground. Redshirt freshman quarterback Trevor Knight's injury has been called a "knee bruise" and will likely miss one or two weeks. Don't expect the Sooners passing offense to improve drastically.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 11:40:00 AM

Despite reports stating redshirt freshman Trevor Knight had been named the team's starter, beat writer Jason Kersey writes Oklahoma's QB competition is still open.

"After checking around with sources I trust, I’m not ready to call the battle, and I don’t think Bob Stoops is, either," Kersey writes. Knight is battling with junior Blake Bell, who has earned playing time in the past thanks to his power running style. The issue, however, is Bell's unproven passing ability, completing just 10 passes through 20 games played.
Tue, Aug 20, 2013 11:33:00 AM

ESPN's Travis Haney ranked Oklahoma junior QB Blake Bell No. 31 on his list of potential breakout players in 2013.

Bell has already proven to be a spectacular running quarterback as part of the "Belldozer" package, but any Oklahoma signal caller must also be able to fling the ball around the field. At the moment, that's the biggest question regarding Bell: He's attempted only 20 collegiate passes, while he's rushed for 24 Sooner touchdowns. Regardless of whether Bell or Trevor Knight wins the QB job, Oklahoma will not significantly alter its playbook. "I suspect that he can enough to win games and be a top-five QB in a historically good league for QBs," writes Haney.
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 02:23:00 PM

Oklahoma C Gabe Ikard says junior QB Blake Bell is more vocal than former Sooner Landry Jones.

This isn't surprising, as Jones appeared to be a bit lackadaisical and chose not to lead through words. The bigger question is if Bell can lead the Sooners to wins through his arm. He has receiving weapons to work with, but Bell only has 10 completions to his name through 20 games.
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 02:55:00 PM

Oklahoma starting junior QB Blake Bell has 10 career completions in the 20 games he has played in.

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes Bell "has proved himself to be a physical ball carrier, but... is unproven as a passer." The Sooners have two very talented receivers in Jalen Saunders and Jaz Reynolds, along with backs like Roy Finch and Trey Millard who have proven to be more than capable in the passing game, but it is up to Bell to use them appropriately.
Source: CBS Sports
Sat, Jul 13, 2013 11:34:00 AM

Oklahoma junior QB Blake Bell has more rushing touchdowns (24) than career passing attempts (20).

The "Belldozer" was used in a specific short yardage package for the last two seasons, which also set back Landry Jones' progression in those situations. The Sooners have an excellent slot target in Jalen Saunders, but it will be Bell's job to get him the ball in stride.
Thu, May 23, 2013 01:10:00 PM

Oklahoma will continue to use the Belldozer package, which features sophomore QB Blake Bell, in short yardage and redzone situations.

Bell carried the ball 44 times last season, and 26 of those attempts either went for a first down or ended in a touchdown. "It allows us to be a lot more efficient in the red zone, in the tight zone and then third-and-short situations," said offensive coordinator Jeff Huepel. The package does raise some concerns with senior quarterback Landry Jones, who loses critical redzone snaps and short conversion downs, so he may be less experienced in those situations compared to other prospects.
Source: Tulsa World
Thu, Aug 16, 2012 11:05:00 AM

Redshirt freshman backup quarterback Blake Bell ran for 3 touchdowns in Oklahoma's 31-14 Insight Bowl victory over Iowa.

The 6-foot-6, 245-pounder had a pair of 4-yard touchdown runs in the first half and added a 21-yarder in the game's final minute. Overall, Bell had 10 carries for 51 yards and did not throw a pass. In fact, Bell threw only four passes this season while rushing for 13 touchdowns.
Sat, Dec 31, 2011 09:57:00 AM