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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Backup QB job still up in air for Sooners

By Jake Trotter

In Stillwater, Mike Gundy wanted to name Wes Lunt his starting quarterback before the summer, so as to avoid a quarterback controversy through the fall. Bob Stoops has always held an opposite approach. In 2007, Stoops waited until a couple of weeks before the season opener to name Sam Bradford the starter. This year, he’s in no hurry to designate either Blake Bell or Drew Allen as OU’s No. 2 quarterback.

“(Bell) and Drew Allen are still very close and had good competition through the spring,” Stoops said. “So we’ll just see. That will be decided in the next few weeks as we go through two-a-days.

“We’ve never been quite early at naming our starter when there’s been competition, or a second or third guy if we feel they’re very competitive together. Let’s make sure and watch them a little more and let it play out.”

Stoops said no matter what happens with the No. 2 QB competition, Bell will continue to operate out of the Belldozer package. But what has excited Stoops this offseason is Bell’s development outside the Belldozer.

“Whether it’s red-zone scores, fourth-down pickups, short yardage, those plays are important,” Stoops said. “But what people overlook is that he’s really an excellent thrower. Or we would have never recruited him. We’re excited about his progress that people don’t see that we do in practice, his progress in important areas that we’re excited about.”