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September 17, 2013

Bell’s ascent doesn’t change Sooners’ plan of attack

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NORMAN —

Makes sense for two reasons. Bell is mobile, but he looked extremely comfortable in the pocket. He’s also very comfortable running between the tackles. It’s what he did in the short-yardage package the previous two seasons.

Bell doesn’t believe the offense went off in a different direction Saturday.

“I don’t think there was really that much. You know, coach Heupel and the coaching staff did a great job of just preparing and gave us plays that they thought we could execute and execute well,” Bell said. “Other than that, we’re just doing what we do.”

Maybe the only difference between OU’s offense against Tulsa and the one against Louisiana-Monroe and West Virginia was Bell completed 72.9 percent (27 for 37) of his passes. Knight was 21 for 48 in his two games.

Offensive coordinator Josh Heupel insists OU wants to remain versatile this season. There has been laborious emphasis on running the ball this season. Offensive linemen bulked up and a deep pool of running backs has been assembled. Bell’s performance in his first career starts doesn’t change the offensive plan.

“Two weeks from now when we go South Bend, we’re going to have to be able to run the football,” Heupel said. Be better at it than we were today (against Tulsa) and be a lot better than we were at it a year ago.”

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