Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Blake Bell Named Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week

Junior quarterback Blake Bell started in the first game of his career on Saturday, and he definitely took advantage of the opportunity in OU’s 51-20 win over Tulsa.

The Wichita, Kan., native set a record for most passing yards for an OU quarterback in his first start, throwing for 413 yards, surpassing Sam Bradford’s previous mark of 363 yards vs. North Texas (9/1/07). Bell added four touchdowns on 27 of 37 passing (73.0 pct.) with four touchdowns and no interceptions in addition to rushing 10 times for 24 yards. For his efforts, Bell was named the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.

As for his mindset after not initially being named the starter this season, Bell said he knew he had to prepare as if he would get a chance to play.

“Everyone just kept telling me that I had to be ready, and that’s what I did,” Bell explained. “I just put my head down and got to work, because you never know what’s going to happen.”

According to head coach Bob Stoops, that Boy Scout motto of “being prepared” is something that Bell exemplified and something he’s looking for in all of his players.

“It’s a testament to his character that he didn’t get down, he didn’t get negative,” Stoops said of Bell. “He kept working and he got his opportunity and he took all kind of advantage of it. Blake’s a great example of perseverance and wait and get your opportunity and take advantage of it.”

While Stoops undoubtedly savored Bell’s contribution to Saturday’s victory, the Sooners’ head coach also appreciated a behind-the-scenes moment that occurred long after most players had departed the Switzer Center locker room.

“What people don’t see is after the (postgame) press conference, Blake is back at his locker and who’s over there giving him a big old bear hug? Trevor Knight,” Stoops shared. “These guys pull for each other. There isn’t anyone there trying to undercut the other guy or wish the other guy ill will.”

/// SoonerSports PR

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