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Blake Bell to start for Sooners in place of injured Trevor Knight

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It appears the Blake Bell era is upon us, albeit a couple of games later than what most thought.

Following up on rumors that began to grow over the weekend, head coach Bob Stoops confirmed that Trevor Knight suffered what’s only being called a bruised knee in Oklahoma’s win over West Virginia Saturday.  The injury is severe enough that it will keep the redshirt freshman out of the home opener against Tulsa this Saturday.

It also means that Bell, Landry Jones‘ primary backup the past two seasons, will make his first start at the collegiate level.

Bell was thought to be the heir apparent to Jones, but lost out on the starting job to Knight in a battle that began in the spring and continued into summer camp.  Playing sparingly in both games this season, Bell has attempted six passes.  Entering 2013, he had more rushing touchdowns (24) than pass attempts (20).

Stoops allowed that Knight’s performance — 10-of-20 for 119 yards and two interceptions — played as much of a role in the move to Bell in the fourth quarter of the WVU game as the injury did.

“It’s both,” Stoops said of the Saturday switch. “It doesn’t matter. I said I didn’t feel things were what they needed to be.

“The bottom line was we had to do something different.”

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5 Responses to “Blake Bell to start for Sooners in place of injured Trevor Knight”
  1. mogogo1 says: Sep 9, 2013 1:16 PM

    I don’t see them being able to run their normal offense with Bell. There will be some major adjustments required, along the lines of what the Broncos did when Tebow was their starter.

  2. gmitch23 says: Sep 9, 2013 2:50 PM

    I think Kendall Thompson needs a fair shot once healthy.

  3. reesesteel23 says: Sep 9, 2013 4:14 PM

    gmitch23

    That’s honestly who they wanted to start to begin with.

  4. gmitch23 says: Sep 9, 2013 5:17 PM

    I hope you’re right. At the spring game, I thought he had the most upside.

  5. mdeatherage says: Sep 9, 2013 11:15 PM

    The injury is severe enough that it will keep the redshirt freshman out of the home opener against Tulsa this Saturday.

    Both of OU’s previous games were home games, so Saturday’s game is not the home opener.

    Not even close.

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