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March 26, 2013

Shinn at 3: Dueling quarterbacks raises OU practice intensity

NORMAN — Oklahoma returned from spring break Monday, which meant a return to the practice field. The quarterback derby between Blake Bell, Kendal Thompson and Trevor Knight continues. Coaches say they’re watching an even competition.

“They’re making plays and learning from mistakes and at the same time making some mistakes, too,” co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel said. “When you have five days in with a bunch of young quarterbacks, it’s about how they compete and approach every day in the meeting room and on the practice field. They’re learning from their mistakes and getting better.”

Coaches have set no timetable for naming a starter and have let quarterback competitions roll into August in previous seasons. The Sooners still have three weeks of practice left this spring. Thus far the feeling has been the dueling quarterbacks has raised the practice intensity.

“You can feel it in practice and I felt that way going in, that the competition was going to energize our offense, and it really has,” co-offensive coordinator/receivers coach Jay Norvell said.

“I think our offense is also really seeing these guys do some things they really haven’t seen them do before. I think that’s exciting for our kids and they’re part of it as well. It’s been a fun spring and we’re just a third of the way through it, but we’re making a lot of progress.”

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