The Norman Transcript


September 13, 2013

OU’s full potential can be met with better air attack



Perhaps it will be better when Blake Bell makes his first start at 11 a.m. Saturday against Tulsa. There’s no way to really know. Bell’s been part of the offense for three years, but he’s never been tasked with throwing precision passes in a game.

It shouldn’t be as hard as OU has made it look. The way it has run the ball in the first two games should create limitless play-action opportunities and a plethora of one-on-one chances for receivers.

Thus far, OU hasn’t been able to take advantage. Through the first two games, it’s averaging just 10.1 yards per catch. It should be a much bigger number.

“It comes back to us saying we just have to come out and make more plays,” Saunders said of the receivers.

The ability to connect for some big plays is the only thing this offense lacks to go from plodding to explosive.

Bell could be the missing ingredient, but the early troubles can’t all be placed on the quarterback.

“It’s not one guy. It’s not just the receiver position. It’s not just the quarterbacks. It’s everybody. It’s 11 guys on offense,” Heupel said. “Certainly our receivers need to play better than they have. They understand that. They need to be more precise in everything that they’re doing. The quarterbacks do, too.”

John Shinn

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