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Blake Bell | Tight End

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

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Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell caught two passes for 59 yards in Saturday's 38-35 loss to Oklahoma State.
Despite a relatively minor stat-line, Bell actually led the team with his 59 yards. Quarterback Cody Thomas only passed for 120 yards in the contest, as the Sooners limited risk by keeping the ball on the ground. Bell's been dealing with a minor knee injury. He's turned into a quality blocking tight end if nothing else and his physical tools (6-foot-6, 260 pounds, 4.97 forty) could be intriguing to a team in the late rounds, though anybody picking him will have to project a little as to Bell's place in a pro passing game. Dec 6 - 7:38 PM

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Oklahoma TE Blake Bell is not playing against Kansas due to a strained knee.

Bob Stoops sitting Bell seems to be precautionary so he can be healthy against Oklahoma State in two weekends. Bell suffered the injury against Texas Tech.
Nov 22 - 2:01 PM

Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell hauled in three catches for 31 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's loss to Kansas State.

Bell's four-yard touchdown grab tied the game 24-24 midway through the third quarter in the eventual OU loss (Michael Hunnicutt's fourth quarter PAT was blocked, resulting in a 31-30 setback). CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote last week that Bell "has been impressive as a blocker and is improving each game." Bell, the 6-foot-6, 260-pound former quarterback, runs a 4.97 forty.
Oct 19 - 6:19 PM

Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell "has been impressive as a blocker and is improving each game," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The former QB has only eight catches this season, but that doesn't mean pro scouts are ignoring him. On the contrary, Bell's 6-foot-6, 260-pound frame, blocking ability, and steady improvement on the field have the NFL dreaming on a projection. Bell only runs a 4.97 forty, and he's raw in the passing game, so he'll have to continue to progress to hear his named called in the spring.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 16 - 8:35 PM

Oklahoma senior Blake Bell won the starting tight end job.

The 6-foot-6, 260-pound former starting quarterback beat out Taylor McNamara in Monday's depth chart. "Blake, he's been really solid," Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Monday. "He loves doing it. He's really a big a target, a comfortable target for Trevor or any quarterback when in the middle of the field. He's got great hands. The different lifting and training from a quarterback to a tight end has helped him get stronger and bigger, so the blocking has been solid, and I think that's something that as we go through the year that will improve the more he's on the field and the more opportunities he gets." Bell struggled with his accuracy as a signal-caller, but he also practiced a little bit at QB in camp and is being viewed as an emergency option if Trevor Knight gets injured. Stoops said "it never hurts to have an emergency plan." Currently, Cody Thomas is listed as the second-team quarterback.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 26 - 4:41 PM

Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell is taking some snaps at QB again after backup Cody Thomas has missed time with an injury, according to beat writer Jason Kersey.

"...Thomas has been injured, which is why Bell has split second-team reps this week with true freshman Justice Hansen," Kersey reported. The last blurb under Bell's name reads "Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops reiterated that under no circumstances will senior TE Blake Bell be moved back to QB," so even though this might not be a permanent move, Bell is certainly taking some limited snaps at his former position. Bell has drawn praise at tight end throughout camp, however.
Source: News OK
Aug 22 - 8:48 AM

Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops reiterated that under no circumstances will senior TE Blake Bell be moved back to QB.

"Not at all. He is the prototype tight end. Great hands. Can run," Stoops said. Many evaluators were hoping for Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas to make the move from quarterback to tight end, especially following his Combine numbers (for the record, we think it was wise not to). Those evaluators will have to settle for Bell. However, the biggest question is: can he catch, especially in contested situations? Trevor Knight is firmly planted as the team's starting quarterback after his superstar performance against Alabama.
Jul 22 - 1:01 PM

Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell was one of 40 tight ends named on the Mackey Award preseason watch list.

This speaks to Bell's athletic ability as much as anything, since he's in the process of transitioning to tight end. The 6-foot-6, 265-pounder started eight games at QB last year. He's joined on the list by big names such as Iowa State's E.J. Bibbs, Ohio State's Jeff Heuerman, Alabama's O.J. Howard, Notre Dame's Ben Koyack and Florida State's Nick O'Leary.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 11 - 10:35 PM

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."
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 7 - 12:03 AM

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