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December 25, 2012

The last of a breed?

Sooners have been content to have a QB who can’t run; whether they want it to or not, that’s about to change



OU coach Bob Stoops has thus far declined to name Blake Bell OU’s quarterback heading into the 2013 season. There’s still a quarterback competition he must go through with Drew Allen, Kendal Thompson and Trevor Knight. The ability to throw the ball will be the deciding factor.

“I think for a long time here we’ve wanted a guy that can make decisions, push the ball down the field and get the ball to the skill players. That’s never going to change here,” offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. “Having a guy that has the ability to extend plays with his feet is something that we put a value on as well. That doesn’t mean he’s a ‘dual-threat guy’ at all.”

However, Heupel recruits OU’s quarterbacks. The four he has on campus all have a trait Jones lacks.

“All of them can run,” Stoops said.

It doesn’t mean OU’s offense will drastically change after the Cotton Bowl. Blake Bell has rushed for 24 touchdowns the past two seasons, but OU’s not going to spend entire games with its short-yardage personnel on the field.

When plays break down, having a quarterback who can leave the pocket and turn into a running threat is an element the Sooners have lacked.

“If there’s a guy that has athleticism with that, then that’s obviously an added bonus,” Heupel said.

Despite all the enormous offensive totals the Sooners have put up since 2007, the running quarterback hasn’t been part of the equation.

That will change after the Cotton Bowl.

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