Knight, not Bell gets the call in Oklahoma victory

Will we ever see Blake Bell again?

9/1/13 in NCAAF   |   andrewgilman   |   20 respect

NORMAN, Okla. - Blake Bell was so popular, he has his own nickname.

Pretty impressive, considering he's been a back-up quarterback for two-plus seasons, but then again, no one loves a back-up QB like Oklahoma fans love a back-up QB. They'd cheer for someone from Al-Queda as long as he wasn't the starter.

And by the looks of things, Bell may never be the starter at Oklahoma.
Jan 4, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Blake Bell (10) scrambles against the Texas A&M Aggies during the 2013 Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Bell was passed over by redshirt freshman Trevor Knight about two weeks ago and was passed over once again, Saturday night when it looked like the Sooners could have made a change.

So, the Belldozer, the 6-foot-6, 252-pound bowling ball in shoulder pads, who excited the crowd with his short-yardage success the past two seasons, scoring 24 touchdowns, was noticeably absent until the game was out reach Saturday in OU's 34-0 season-opening win over ULM.

By now, we're used to seeing Bell in short-yardage situations. Didn't happen Saturday. By now, we're used to seeing Bell with Red Zone opportunities. Didn't happen Saturday.

And by now, we' ought to come to the conclusion we may never see him again. 

Trevor Knight didn't put up great numbers Saturday, passing for just 86 yards as the Sooners had their fewest yards passing since 2006, but Knight did throw three touchdown passes and did run for 103 yards. He was good enough.

More importantly, it was Knight who stayed in the game on a crucial third-and-one on the first play of the second quarter with the game still tied at 0-0. 

Perhaps, coach Bob Stoops didn't want to reveal too much. He may want to keep some secrets for upcoming games against West Virginia Saturday or even Notre Dame later this month. Stoops was quick to say Blake Bell played well when Bell did finally get into the game at the beginning of the fourth quarter, possibly trying to pacify Bell.

But back to that third-down play.

Knight picked it up and that means it looks like Bell will probably be sitting down.

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