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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Crimson Countdown: QB Blake Bell

By Brandon Chatmon

During the summer months, SoonerNation will take a closer look at each player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. Each day, we will analyze each player’s impact on the program since arriving on campus, his potential impact this fall and his long-term impact. Starting with No. 1 Kendal Thompson, the series will follow the roster numerically through our final analysis of No. 99 Chaz Nelson.

No. 10 Blake Bell
Quarterback, 6-foot-6, 263 pounds, junior

Blake Bell
QB Blake Bell has proven that he can run but he'll have to prove his throwing prowess to win the starting job.
Impact thus far: The "Belldozer" has had an unusually significant impact, for a quarterback who has never started a game. With OU using him in short-yardage packages, Bell has rushed for 24 touchdowns in the last two seasons. His strength, power and toughness has made him an asset in short-yardage situations since his redshirt freshman year in 2011.

Heading into his junior year, Bell has played in 19 games. He’s 10-of-20 on pass attempts for 115 yards and one interception. He has rushed 102 times for 361 yards and 24 scores.

Expectations for 2013: Heading into the summer, Bell is battling Trevor Knight and Kendal Thompson to win the starting quarterback job. As the most experienced quarterback on the roster, and lone signal-caller to have taken a snap in a collegiate game, Bell is considered the favorite to win the job.

Best-case scenario in 2013: Bell wins the job and proves he’s a much better passer than most people believe. He emerges as a run-pass threat that puts fear in the hearts of Big 12 defenses. Bell has the size, skill, knowledge of the team and leadership ability help take OU's offense to a different level in 2013.

Worst-case scenario in 2013: Bell doesn’t win the job and elects to transfer before the season. That would leave OU with no quarterback with game experience on the roster.

SoonerNation's evaluation for Bell: A. He has already made a significant impact and has been the MVP of a bowl game (Insight Bowl in 2012) before he even started a game. His running ability -- a secondary skill-set -- already making him an impact player is impressive. Obviously this grade could drop if Bell is unable to beat out the younger quarterbacks on the roster.

SoonerNation’s development grade for Bell: B. OU did an excellent job recognizing that Bell could help the team during his first two seasons regardless of Landry Jones being cemented as the starter. The Belldozer package has been a great way to get Bell some experience before he could potentially take over this fall. The only reason this grade is not an "A" is because the Sooners had opportunities to get him more time running the regular offense in 2012 but chose not to.