Sep 7, 2013; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Blake Bell (10) scrambles on his first play from scrimmage in the fourth quarter against West Virginia Mountaineers safety Karl Joseph (8) at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The Oklahoma Sooners beat the West Virginia Mountaineers 16-7. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Blake Bell Deserves to Start Even When Trevor Knight Returns


Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops has named Blake Bell his starting quarterback for the upcoming game with the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. This should come as no surprise after how well he performed in the game with the Tulsa Hurricane where he replaced an injured Trevor Knight.

The big question here is why Bob Stoops chose Knight to start for the Sooners over Bell to begin with. Honestly, Knight must have practiced lights out for the Sooners heading into the season because the Blake Bell that OU fans saw against Tulsa was miles better than the Trevor Knight that played the first two games for the Sooners.

Lets not pretend that it was because of a different style of play calling either. Knight had a chance to move the ball through the air, as well as on the ground with his feet.

In his two starts, Knight attempted 48 passes, completing 21 of them for a low 43.8 completion percent. His average per reception was 9.7 yards and he threw four touchdowns.

In his one start, Blake Bell attempted 42 passes and completed 30 of them for an impressive 71 percent completion rate. He also threw for 451 yards, more than double what Knight threw, and also threw four touchdown passes.

Knight attempted six more passes than Bell, completed nine less, and threw the rest into the ground and over receiver’s heads. He looked completely outmatched against Louisiana-Monroe and West Virginia, and the Sooners struggled in both games. Bell hung half a hundred on Tulsa and it looked easy.

Yes, Blake Bell will start in the Notre Dame game. Even if Knight was healthy, it should be a no-brainer. Another easy decision is leaving Bell in as the starter for the rest of the season and let Knight work as a backup for the rest of the year.

Maybe in 2014, Trevor Knight will be ready to start for the Oklahoma Sooners.

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