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December 16, 2013

Sooners still facing quarterback question

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“The way they were playing us, we felt like Blake’s ability to throw the ball down the football field a little bit and a change of pace would help us a little bit,” Heupel said.

OU was fortunate Bell was ready for the moment. Its trip to New Orleans and complexion of how he and the season are viewed changed because of that drive.

The Sooners are back in a BCS bowl game for the first time since 2011 Fiesta Bowl, have a chance to finish ranked in the top 10 for the first time since end of the 2010 season and gain a ton of momentum they can pull off a third straight — and by far the biggest — upset win to close the season.

“Coach Heup obviously preaches to us every day that everybody needs to be ready for their time, because you never know when it’s gonna be,” Bell said. “I think all of us quarterbacks, we’ve got a great group of guys,we’re all just ready to play when we’re called on.”

Perhaps, the Sooners will use both against the Crimson Tide. Both have strengths. The reason the choice isn’t obvious is because both have weaknesses as well. Bell isn’t an elusive runner. Knight hasn’t shown he can be a consistent drop back passer.

However, two weeks the Sooners had decided Knight was the quarterback of the present because he presented the most upside for the future.

Only the coaching staff can decide if what Bell did in Bedlam changes that.

John Shinn

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jshinn@normantranscript.com

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