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April 4, 2014

Blake Bell to miss spring game

NORMAN — Blake Bell’s public debut as a tight end will have to wait until August. The former Oklahoma starting quarterback will be held out of next Saturday’s Red/White Game due to a knee sprain.

Soonerscoop.com was the first to report the injury.  

A source confirmed to the Transcript on Friday that Bell had suffered a knee sprain, but didn’t know the full diagnosis. OU did not release any official word on Bell’s status on Friday. Coach Bob Stoops is not scheduled to talk to reporters again until Tuesday.

Stoops eluded to Bell suffering some sort of injury on Wednesday, but he did not think it was severe.

“He got a little dinged at practice, but so far he’s checked out OK, so that’s OK,” he said.

Bell’s move from quarterback to tight end has been the biggest storyline of spring practice. Tight end coach Jay Boulware said Bell’s progressing into a valuable asset at the spot.

“We’re very fortunate to have him there. He’s fit in very nicely with our guys, and he’s really excelled at that position,” Boulware said. “He brings an athlete, which is what we’ve always said we really need. We don’t need blockers; we need guys who can run down the field and make plays on the ball, and Blake can do that. He can do it very well.”

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