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January 14, 2013

Plenty of holes for Sooners to fix next season

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Achieve offensive balance: The Sooners threw 56.8 percent of the time this past season. There was nothing wrong with the decision. They had the personnel to do it.

However, the Blake Bell era begins this spring. He still has to prove he can handle all throws OU’s playbook requires. However, offensive coordinator Josh Heupel also has to tailor the offense to Bell. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound Bell must run the ball. Having running backs Damien Williams, Brennan Clay and Trey Millard all back means the rushing attack will be the most proven part of OU’s offense heading into the 2013 season.

Becoming a better running team falls under Stoops’ top priority for next season.

“I think just overall as a team, I want to be more physical. I don’t think you can ever be physical enough. It’s definitely something you want to keep working on. Both in recruiting and how you develop them. We’re aware and always, always every year talking about how we get more physical,” he said.

Blake Bell could be the second coming of Sam Bradford in the pocket, but he’s still going to be a first-year starter. The best way to break in a new quarterback is build the offense around the running game.

Emphasize Trey Millard: One of OU’s biggest accomplishments since the regular season ended has been convincing Millard to stay for his senior year. Because of that, it has a bruising running back, the best blocking back in college football and an effective tight end to use next season.

They need to figure out a way to utilize all of those talents in every game.

“We always look for it, and we’ll keep doing that, because we feel he’s one of our best players,” Stoops said.

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