There are two tested and proven quarterbacks at OU coming into 2014, but only one will be taking snaps for the Sooners.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was asked at his appearance at the Big 12 Football Media Days in Dallas if he would be tempted to use Bell at the quarterback position some this season.
“Not at all,” Stoops said. “That’s funny, it keeps coming up.
“Blake was recruited definitely as quarterback. But when you look at him now after three years, he is the pro-type at tight end.
“He’s got great hands, great size, 6-foot-6, he’s almost 260. He can run. Natural spacing as far as where to be in his routes.”
The adjustment to Bell’s position is reflected in the Sooners’ online roster.
And Bell comes about the position honestly. His father, Mark, and his father’s twin brother, Mike, both played in the NFL.
“And I go back to even it’s in his genes, his dad was an NFL tight end for eight years. So he fits the bill perfectly and it’s a position that we want to continue to make stronger.
“So I think he’s really going to impact us in a great way at the tight end position.”
Sophomore Trevor Knight returns for the Sooners as well and looks to be the front runner over freshman Justice Hansen, from Edmond Santa Fe, and Baker Mayfield, a transfer from Texas Tech whose eligibility for this season is still being worked through.