SI Take 3: Stoops silent on QB situation

OU coach Bob Stoops addressed a number of topics at his weekly press conference but you won't get any update on the quarterback situation.

Every Monday afternoon during the football season OU coach Bob Stoops has his weekly press conference. Sooners Illustrated will give you the three most important things to take from the session.

Game No. 11: at Kansas State

Take No. 1: No word on Bell and no word will be released

Stoops nipped this in the bud pretty early. Not only does he not currently know the status of Blake Bell, but he won't be releasing it at all this week.

Everybody will have to find out who the starting quarterback is at the same time – Saturday morning at Kansas State.

"No need in presenting that information," Stoops said. "It does us no possible good to define that today or Friday."

A lot is unclear. Is Bell healthy? If he is, is it Bell or Trevor Knight? No matter how you phrase it, Stoops was ready for an answer.

"It's a competition every week," Stoops said.

Bell left during the second quarter last week. It's possible it was a concussion, but the official injury is not going to be released.

The injury gave Knight a second chance to make a first impression, and he did everything he could with his opportunity.

"From the first two games of the season to now he did look a lot more comfortable in the situation and probably performed that way," Stoops said. "He gets a chance to do it again, and he's more familiar with it."

Knight rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore Kendal Thompson also got his opportunity late in the game, throwing a touchdown pass.

Stoops said it didn't surprise him to see Thompson succeed but also said it's highly unlikely Thompson is going to be thrown out there unless something happens.

"We're not going to go and try it out and see how it goes," Stoops said. "We're not going to do that. We knew he would handle it well (when given the opportunity). It was no surprise to us."

Take No. 2: No word on any injuries

If you want to know about the health of sophomore receiver Sterling Shepard or senior cornerback Aaron Colvin, it won't come from the OU coaches.

Stoops said, as he did with Bell, that he would not reveal the extent of their injuries or what their injuries even are. The good news for OU fans, though, is Stoops said he's not going to do that because he believes they'll both be back playing.

"They're likely to play again," Stoops said.

The only absence that was addressed was wide receiver Trey Franks. After starting against Baylor, Franks didn't play last week because of the flu. Stoops said a lot of players came down with the flu the night before the game and said it was another challenge to deal with.

Take No. 3: Setting the record against KSU not a big deal

It sounds like a nice storybook ending if Stoops could come back to Manhattan and become OU's all-time winningest coach.

He has that opportunity Saturday, currently tied with Barry Switzer with 157 wins. But you're not about to hear Stoops acknowledge how great it would feel.

"No," said Stoops bluntly about it being special if it happens at KSU since Stoops got his start with Bill Snyder. "Winning there would be great for our team and this season. Nothing else."

Since a 2-4 start, the Wildcats have won four consecutive games to become bow eligible. The improved play comes as no surprise to Stoops.

"Heck no," said Stoops about being surprised. "They continue to improve and they have by the way they've worked. They have great players and continue to progress. It has shown, and they've really played well in the last four weeks."


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