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. 12: vs. Oklahoma State (Bedlam)
Take No. 1: Knight won’t play this weekend
But it does sound like senior Blake Bell will return this week at both tight end and as backup quarterback in case anything happens with Thomas.
Stoops said nothing changes regarding the offensive philosophy, and the team has full trust and confidence in Thomas. He also wouldn’t speculate regarding Knight’s future.
“I am,” said Stoops about hopeful Knight can return for the bowl game. “It’s hard to predict. I’m not a doctor. It’s a long time between now and then.”
If Bell is forced to play quarterback, the offense would be scaled down a bit. But Stoops reiterated time and time again the team and coaches’ confidence in Thomas.
Take No. 2: It has been a good group of seniors
Saturday marks senior day as well for OU as the Sooners’ fans will say goodbye to a lot of talented seniors who have made their mark on the program.
“I feel fortunate to have coached this group of seniors,” Stoops said. “Sorry to see them go, but it’s like everything. Everything has its time. They’ve done a great job.”
The losses will be felt the most with the offensive line, including tackles Daryl Williams and Tyrus Thompson. The line has been a huge reason OU has had success this season, only allowing six sacks this season.
The defense will remain intact for the most part with only two starters, defensive lineman Chuka Ndulue and safety Quentin Hayes, being seniors.
Take No. 3: Does Bell have another Bedlam moment in him?
Some players just know how to make the big play in the big moment. That has certainly been the case with Blake Bell and Bedlam. Two years ago it was scoring a rushing touchdown in the final seconds to send the game into overtime.
Last year it was the picture perfect pass to Jalen Saunders in the final seconds to win in Stillwater. No idea if he has more heroics in store this time around, but his contributions have definitely been noticed and appreciated.
“Blake has had a big impact in this game, some special moments,” Stoops said. “Appreciate him for his toughness. It’s fair to say he has been really unselfish.”
Stoops said it has been a very demanding job to be prepared at both tight end and quarterback for parts of this season, but Bell has made sure he was ready every single time.