NORMAN — Saturday, about 45 minutes after Texas had finished beating Oklahoma 36-20 inside the Cotton Bowl, Sooner offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said he didn’t consider going with Trevor Knight, even as a change of pace, against the Longhorns.
Monday, Bob Stoops said making a move at the quarterback position wasn’t under consideration at the Cotton Bowl, nor is it under consideration heading into Saturday’s game at Kansas. However, tepidly, at least, he offered that could always change if things aren’t going well on the field.
“Sure,” Stoops said, “that can happen.”
It is more than he said a year ago after Landry Jones came up so short against Kansas State. After that, Stoops said he couldn’t foresee any scenario in which he’d have to move away from Jones. And, in retrospect, it looks like he was right about that.
Just look at the offense Jones generated last season against conference opponents and look at the offense Bell has generated this season against conference opponents.
Like night and day.
Still, there is something to think about:
If Bell can’t be counted upon to deliver in the passing game — and in two conference starts he’s completed 32 of 57 for 285 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions — then what case, exactly, would he have to remain OU’s starting quarterback.
It’s not like anybody’s under the impression that Bell’s a better runner than Trevor Knight (or Kendal Thompson).
Actually, Stoops addressed that, too, Monday, when asked about his propensity to stick with a single quarterback through the years.
“I don’t have any philosophy other than, generally, the guys we have stayed with have done well,” he said.
Stoops mentioned Nate Hybl, who was maligned before coming on to win a conference title before being named MVP of the Rose Bowl; as well as Paul Thompson, who, upon Rhett Bomar’s dismissal, returned from wide receiver to lead the Sooners to another conference title.