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August 30, 2013

Mobility behind center four years in making

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But OU’s waited until now to make its shift because one quarterback is not enough. The goal for any team is to have multiple quarterbacks who can run the same offense. For continuity’s sake, it’s the easiest and most effective way to craft an offense.

Employing quarterbacks in the running game makes it an imperative. The chance of injury increases every time a quarterback lowers his shoulder and every time he hits the turf.

Knight may get the start tonight, but OU’s thoroughly convinced Bell can run the same offense.

In that sense, it might strongly resemble the offense mobility-challenged Landry Jones ran for the last four years. Offensive coordinator Josh Heupel says the only difference he’s expecting is a quarterback who can elude pressure in the pocket and take off when nothing is open down field.

“Extend plays” is a phrase he used repeatedly.

Stoops believes OU Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Sam Bradford had the ability to give OU the option years earlier, but that was met with a tepid response in the coaches’ office. Bradford’s arm was good enough. No sense putting it at risk.

“We just chose not to, you know, to read it and pull it with him because of all the other things he did so well,” Stoops said. “But I think it’s always been our philosophy that as long as he can throw and make the throws we want, the better legs, the better.”

The Sooners have built a cupboard of mobile quarterbacks. Now they get to reap the benefits from it.

John Shinn

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