Oklahoma back-up quarterback Blake Bell has yet to start a single game at Oklahoma but already has an offensive scheme named after him. The Sooners started running the BellDozer midway through last season in short yardage situations and has continued to do so this season. In fact, Bell led all Sooners this past Saturday with four touchdowns in the Sooners 63-21 win over Texas.
OU's Blake Bell looks forward to throwing the football on a regular basis.
While scoring four touchdowns in a game is a great accomplishment for any athlete, it was getting to throw the football late in the game that was the highlight for Bell.
"It was awesome,” said Bell. “Just getting out there and doing something a little different. To get out there and read an actual defense and be able to sling it around a little bit.
"Whenever I get out there I like to throw also. It's not like all I want to do is run. In high school I threw the ball 40 to 50 times a game and loved doing it. I don't know how long your body will hold up if you are out there running the ball every time."
While the BellDozer has been instrumental in the Sooners short yardage game, Bell continues to groom himself as Landry Jones back-up and prepares to battle for the starting QB spot next fall.
"Getting out there and throwing it is a little different than just going in there and running it,” said Bell. “But, watching Landry and Coach Heupel and watching how he does everything helps me a lot - in my progressions and stuff."
"It really all starts in the meeting room and then getting out there and watching Landry and what calls he's making,” said Bell. “It really all starts in the film room and recognizing what the defense is doing because you never know when your number is going to get called. You have to be ready at any time.
“Like I said, just learning from a guy like Landry, he just knows the game so well and knows how to read a defense. He knows where to go with the football when he's hot and stuff like that. So seeing that every day, after a while it just gets a lot better."
While Bell continues to hone his quarterbacking skills, he knows the running the BellDozer will continue to be a key to the Sooners offense. But, he’s well aware that there is a lot more going on out there than just Blake running the football.
"Both Rip (Aaron Ripkowski) and Trey (Millard) (are keys), as you guys can tell when we are running the sweep out wide, Trey is unbelievable at cutting those guys,” said Bell. “Those guys don't have a chance out there. Rip just brings so much energy and the way he hits he just takes it to those linebackers. Everybody, including the offensive line does an awesome job and I just have to find the hole.
“I have to wait for people to pull around and have to wait to read everybody's block. After that you just find a hole and hit it. Just try to get the first down or get into the end zone."
The BellDozer will be in action again this Saturday when the Sooners host the Kansas Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium. It’s schedule for a 6:00 p.m. kick off.