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October 4, 2013

Spark or not, Bell adding fire

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NORMAN —

Where that ultimately ends up for Bell remains to be seen. After all, Saturday’s game against TCU will mark just his third career start. A player’s demeanor can change a lot over the course of a season.

OU coach Bob Stoops doesn’t buy that Bell’s fervent spirit has been a key to OU’s success. He points to the turnover-free performances against Tulsa and Notre Dame and the poise Bell has shown in both games.

“I don’t think they rally around anyone. I think it’s having success,” he said. “In the end, Blake has played really well and they’ve played well around him.”

There’s a reason for Stoops’ doubt: admitting to its existence means the success has something to do with something other than determination and focus.

OU’s appeared to play with more of those things in the last two games as well. Credit the quarterback or don’t, but teams and especially offenses take their cues from the quarterback.

The fire Bell has played with has spread.

“It makes you want to compete more,” OU receiver Jalen Saunders said. “It makes you want to out-do what he did. It makes you want to compete. I like Blake a lot, and I like what he’s bringing to the table.”

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