The Norman Transcript

April 25, 2013

Shinn at 3: Quarterback with least mistakes will get the starting job

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Blake Bell has not been named Oklahoma’s starting quarterback, but coach Bob Stoops indicated the growth Bell made in the spring pointed in that direction.

The coach has said the quarterback who makes the least mistakes would likely take the snaps when OU opens the season Aug. 31 against Louisiana-Monroe. All quarterback are going to make some mistakes. Repeating them is the issue they have to overcome.

Stoops said Bell learned from one of his first practices in early March.

“In our first padded practice, we had not a scrimmage, but we’re moving the football and simulating a scrimmage. We’re just not going all the way to the ground. He’s running hard to his left and tries to turn back across his body and throws a floater backside across the field that had no chance. It was intercepted and he just shook his head and that was a classic example of it has to sting a little bit and you’ve got to learn,” Stoops said. “Hopefully, he learned a valuable lesson even in that first practice that you can’t be careless with the football.

“Since then he hasn’t been. Since that day you haven’t seen a mistake like that. They’ve all made them at different times through the spring but that was something that was noticeable, just being smart with the football is such a big deal.”

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