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Reports: Oklahoma will be down three offensive starters against Kansas State

Updated: 2013-11-20T19:55:18Z

By KELLIS ROBINETT

The Kansas City Star

News out of Oklahoma is not good for the Sooners today.

Blake Bell, Damien Williams and Lacoltan Bester — three regular starters — will miss Saturday’s game against Kansas State, according to multiple media outlets.

Bell, a Wichita native who has served as Oklahoma’s starting quarterback for eight straight games, has been ruled out with a concussion. The Oklahoman, citing a source, reports that Trevor Knight, a freshman who opened the season as the starter, will take the first snap against K-State. Kendal Thompson will be the backup. He played last week during a win over Iowa State and may see some time as a change-of-pace option this weekend.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said earlier this week he was unsure whether Bell would be healthy enough to play against K-State. So his absence is no big surprise. Stoops also said he would wait until Saturday morning to name a starting quarterback. But it appears Knight is the guy.

Williams, a senior running back, and Bester, a senior receiver, will not play for unspecified reasons. KOCO.com reported Wednesday morning that both players will sit against K-State, according to a source, but didn’t explain why.

Another report indicated Williams has been suspended.

Whatever the case, their absences will be noticeable if they are unable to play against K-State.

Williams has rushed for 553 yards and seven touchdowns this season. He is coming off a big game against Iowa State in which he totaled 128 yards and two touchdowns. Brennan Clay will move into a lead role against K-State.

Bester has caught 20 passes for 279 yards and a touchdown.

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