Every Monday afternoon during the football season OU coach Bob Stoops has his weekly press conference. Sooners Illustrated will be there live for all of them and will give you the three most important things to take from the session.
Week 3: Tulsa
Take 1: The Bell is officially ringing for Blake
Bell has played in each of the two games this season but will make his first college start against the Golden Hurricane.
"Blake has been getting a lot of snaps (in practice) the last two weeks," Stoops said. "He was right in the middle of it with Trevor."
Bell only attempted one pass Saturday in relieving Knight in the fourth quarter, but Stoops said he was pleased with Bell's performance. He said he looked comfortable and poised.
One thing Bell did was slide on his first rush whereas Knight has been pretty eager to get as many yards as possible. Stoops didn't mind Bell's approach.
"Slide, get out of bounds and avoid as much contact as he can," Stoops said. "That's fine."
Knight has a sprained MCL and ACL and will not suit up Saturday. Quarterback Kendal Thompson is expected to return to practice Monday. If he looks healthy and comfortable, Thompson will be the backup quarterback. If not, Stoops said he has no problem having freshman Cody Thomas ready to go.
Thompson has been throwing the last week, but he hasn't done so with pads.
Either way, it's going to be an interesting Saturday. Stoops said he's hopeful Knight will return to practice during the bye week.
Take 2: Colvin, Tyrus Thompson expected to practice
The other injury concerns from Saturday were also addressed as Stoops said cornerback Aaron Colvin and offensive tackle Tyrus Thompson should both practice Monday.
Thompson suffered an ankle injury late in the game, while Colvin was kicked in the jaw during the third quarter. Stoops said Colvin was at the dentist Monday but said there's no reason he shouldn't be able to practice and play.
Thompson is another issue. Stoops said if Thompson cannot play, he's not worried about putting senior Bronson Irwin at tackle. Irwin has been the starting guard the last two seasons, but Nila Kasitati has replaced Irwin so far this season.
Take 3: Offense needs more balance
You're never going to hear Stoops complain about OU rushing for more than 300 yards in back-to-back games, but he knows the passing game cannot be as erratic as it has been.
"I thought we would be cleaner at this point," said Stoops about the passing attack. "It's not just quarterback play. The first game we had four drops."
Stoops said the goal is for 25-35 passes per game and said right now a lot of the issues are with wide receivers taking on a new role. Stoops specifically mentioned Jalen Saunders and Sterling Shepard as both have gone from inside receivers to also playing on the outside.
Simply put, Stoops said adjustments must be made now.