Belldozer Formation is Here to Stay

Belldozer

Jan 4, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Blake Bell (10) throws a pass against the Texas A

While Trevor Knight may have won the Oklahoma Sooners starting quarterback job, Blake Bell will stick around Norman at least for one more season. Bob Stoops said that Knight will have to prove he deserves the job in game play and that Bell will need to remain ready to start if needed. However, even bigger than that, OU fans will get at least one more season of the Belldozer.

Yes, Bob Stoops said that the Belldozer package will remain in the playbook for the Oklahoma Sooners.

Stoops said that in 2012 the Oklahoma Sooners were first in the Big 12 in third-down conversions and red-zone conversions. He also said he thinks they ranked fourth in the nation in third-down conversions and most of that was because of the Belldozer.

While Landry Jones was the quarterback for the Sooners through the past four seasons, the last two saw a quarterback rotation of sorts where Bell would replace Jones and run the ball straight up the middle over 90 percent of the time. Honestly, that was not always a good thing and took the Sooners out of sync on occasion, breaking any momentum that Jones had on a drive.

But, at the same time, it also gave OU a perfect weapon for picking up short yardage situations because no one could stop Blake Bell and the Belldozer formation. As a freshman in 2011, Blake Bell got his first taste at running the Belldozer formation, which was influenced by Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein. In that season, he ran the ball 44 times for 13 touchdowns. He followed it up as a sophomore, running the ball 60 times for 11 touchdowns.

Along the way, he only attempted 20 passes, completing 10 of them for 115 yards.

In 2013, the Oklahoma Sooners are not interested in Blake Bell’s arm anymore at all, but they do plan on continuing to utilize his big 6-6, 252 pound frame to run the ball up the middle and smash back defenders for first downs and touchdowns.

As much as fans will hopefully enjoy watching Trevor Knight, if he is as good as promised, the cheers when the Belldozer takes the field should be just as loud.

Topics: Oklahoma Sooners

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