Meeting the team: offensive player No. 24

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated presents the second-to-last player on offense to get you acquainted to.

Player: Blake Bell

Hometown: Wichita, Kan.

Class: Redshirt sophomore

Height & Weight: 6-foot-6, 254 pounds

Likely position on fall depth chart: Backup quarterback

The rundown: Bell found a nice role in the Sooner offense last year as offensive coordinator Josh Heupel installed the Belldozer package in short yardage situations. In that, he scored a freshman quarterback record 13 touchdowns and helped solve some of starting quarterback Landry Jones and the Sooners' goal-line problems facing them early on in the season. Bell found pay dirt three times in OU's 31-14 Insight Bowl victory over Iowa and because of that, earned Offensive Most Valuable Player in that contest which featured him scamper for 51 yards. He came into the offseason off that with some momentum in the backup quarterback battle with Drew Allen and shined in the spring game, leading all passers with his 14-for-19, 179-yard performance that included a deep touchdown to Jaz Reynolds. Many believe that solidified him as No. 12's backup.

Expectations for 2012: He's really in a good spot right now after that monstrous performance in the Red-White game. Bell finds himself in a backup battle that he does have an edge on, considering the maturation he showed back on that stormy April day. He knows he's again going to have an important spot in the Sooner offense, as OU will utilize the Belldozer formation in the same and also new and improved ways. So, playing time in short yardage situations is a certainty and winning the reserve spot is likely.

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