Blake Bell Shouldn't Be a Lock to Start for the Sooners

By Jamie Plunkett
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma Sooners have been blessed at the quarterback position over the last seven years, with Sam Bradford and Landry Jones leading the Sooners to a 74-21 record and five Big 12 championships during that time span.

Now, it looks like Blake Bell, the 6-foot-6 junior from Wichita, Kansas, will be the successor, but let’s take a step back and look at a few other candidates.

After all, it’s not like Bell is a completely known commodity. Sure, he’s a beast in the running game with 24 rushing touchdowns in his career, but he’s only thrown 19 passes (and completed only 10) in two seasons. It’s that stat that leaves the door open for someone else to slide into the starting role.

So, who else could make a competition out of it?

The Other Guys:

Drew Allen, Senior, 6-foot-5/226 pounds

Allen didn’t throw a pass in 2012, but he’s 18 for 30 in his career as a Sooner and by all accounts has an incredibly accurate arm. If anyone has a chance to take over the starting role, it would be Allen. That is, if he doesn’t transfer first. It’s been rumored for a while that he would look to go elsewhere, and he even tweeted about it on January 25:

As of now, he’s still at Oklahoma, but for how long is yet to be determined.

Kendal Thompson, Sophomore, 6-foot-1/184 pounds

Thompson is the biggest unknown in a field of relative unknowns. He’s extremely athletic, and has a very good arm, but the only thing we’ve seen from his is a few snaps in a spring game. They were some incredibly impressive snaps though, as Thompson went 7-for-9 for 42 yards and a touchdown, and also ran for 25 yards.

He’ll need to bulk up, but he’s got the potential to be the next big thing coming out of Norman.

Trevor Knight, Redshirt Freshman, 6-foot-1/197 pounds

Knight has been a key asset to the Sooners as the scout team quarterback, and has seemingly buried Thompson on the depth chart. However, he’s a bit small like Thompson, and that could work against him.

He has good mobility and an above average arm though, and I can see some great quarterback competitions happening down the road between him and Thompson.


Any of these three guys have a shot at dethroning Bell, but we’ll be left in the dark through the end of spring ball at the very least. If any one (or more) of Allen, Thompson and Knight give Bell a legitimate run for the starting role, the Oklahoma quarterback drama could play out well into the summer.

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