The Norman Transcript

October 16, 2013

It's chemistry week for Bell, Saunders and Shepard

OU quarterback trying to build rapport with his receivers

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — There’s little doubt Oklahoma has some offensive problem. Blake Bell has thrown for just 285 yards in the last two games and hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass since the Notre Dame game.

Obviously, OU receivers Jalen Saunders and Sterling Shepard are suffering, statistically, because of the problems.

One thing the Sooners have worked on the last two practices is building chemistry between Bell and the tandem.

Co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said it’s the same process former receiver Ryan Broyles and former quarterback Landry Jones went through in 2009.

“That kind of chemistry comes from playing in games and making big plays so when guys make a big play in a game and they get confidence in one another, then that's when it grows,” Norvell said. “The combination of Broyles and Landry Jones — those kids played so much football together in so many big games, there was so much confidence between the two of them. That just doesn't happen. It happens from playing and throwing balls and making big plays on third down and having a guy you can trust. We're building that. We've got new quarterbacks and we've got some new kids playing so that's something that we need to establish in games and as we play through the rest of this Big 12, I think we'll find that kind of chemistry.”