Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops announced this week that quarterback Blake Bell will spend his final season in Norman playing tight end.
Bell started eight games at quarterback in 2013, throwing for 1,648 yards and 12 touchdowns. However, the strong down-the-stretch performance of sophomore Trevor Knight, who earned MVP honors in Oklahoma’s win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and is expected to be the starting quarterback next season, necessitated the position change for the “Belldozer.”
Stoops said he believes Bell, at 6-foot-6, has the size and athleticism to be a valuable tight end:
Even though he could graduate and go somewhere, he wants to finish out and try tight end. I think it’s a great fit. Blake has the size, the athleticism, the speed to do that, and he’s exhibited his toughness through the years (ESPN).
If Knight indeed is Oklahoma’s starter in 2014, two freshman — redshirt freshman Cody Thomas and true freshman Justice Hansen — will likely be playing behind him.