Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Blake Bell is ready to shed his ‘Belldozer’ image (and no, it’s not because he’s facing a lawsuit from Bill Dauterive). The 6-foot-6, 252-pound Bell was mainly used as a running quarterback in 2011 and 2012, rushing for a combined total of 24 touchdowns. But in his three games since replacing Trevor Knight as the Oklahoma starter in 2013, Bell has proven he’s just as adept with his arm as with his legs.
The junior quarterback has thrown for 797 yards and six touchdowns since taking over for Knight, and he is completing 70.4% of his passes. Sure, most of the yards came in a breakout performance against an overmatched Tulsa team, but the progress he’s shown in the pocket may finally silence the critics who see him as one-dimensional.
Preparing for the upcoming rivalry game against Texas, Bell spoke about the false perception that he can’t throw:
My job was to run it, not to throw it. So the country is going to think you can’t throw it. I wasn’t really worried about it, because I knew, the team knew and the coaches knew it was just my job on the team last year. That was it (USA Today Sports).
Bell will have the chance to show off his throwing arm against a Texas team that ranks 50th in the nation in stopping the pass. The Longhorns also rank a dismal 119th in the nation in defending the run, so watch out if Bell decides to scramble.
[Source: USA Today Sports]