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Switch to tight end, ends Blake Bell’s tenure as quarterback at Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s Blake Bell was a handful for opposing teams when he ran the ball while a quarterback. Bell is switching to tight end this fall.
Oklahoma’s Blake Bell was a handful for opposing teams when he ran the ball while a quarterback. Bell is switching to tight end this fall. The Associated Press

When Blake Bell switched positions from quarterback to tight end, Oklahoma apparently said goodbye to the Belldozer.

Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Bell will no longer take snaps out of the short-yardage formation he made famous over the past three years. He will be a full-time tight end as a senior.

“No, not at all,” Stoops said when asked if Bell will continue seeing time at quarterback. “It’s funny that keeps coming up. When you look at him, he is the prototype tight end. He’s got great hands, great size. He can run.”

At 6-foot-6, 258 pounds, Bell certainly has the ideal body to play tight end. But the former standout at Bishop Carroll in Wichita didn’t start playing the position until this offseason. He came to Oklahoma as a quarterback and made a name for himself as a change-of-pace behind Landry Jones.

During his first two seasons, he rushed for 372 yards and 24 touchdowns. As a junior, he played in 11 games and became the starter midway through the year, completing 140 of 233 passes for 1,648 yards and 12 touchdowns. He played well, leading Oklahoma to road victories at Notre Dame and Oklahoma State. But Trevor Knight took control of the job late and guided the Sooners to a victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

Rather than remain a backup quarterback or transfer, Bell decided to switch to tight end.

Stoops is already expecting a lot out of him.

“It’s in his genes,” Stoops said. “His dad was an NFL tight end for eight years. I think he’s really going to impact us in a great way.”

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