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Oklahoma's Blake Bell To Move To Tight End

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Oklahoma's Blake Bell, who started eight games at quarterback for the Sooners in 2013, will switch to tight end for his final season. Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images.
Oklahoma's Blake Bell, who started eight games at quarterback for the Sooners in 2013, will switch to tight end for his final season. Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images.

Blake Bell, who started eight games at Oklahoma in 2013 as quarterback, will finish his career with the Sooners at tight end.

Sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight is expected to be Oklahoma's starter in 2014 after earning MVP in Oklahoma's 45-31 win over Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, and Bell chose to switch positions rather than transfer schools.

"Over the break, he wasn't sure what he was going to do," OU offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said, according to NewsOK.com. "He approached me when he got back into town, and we had a conversation. He said, 'Listen, I want to play at the University of Oklahoma. I'm a Sooner. I believe we've got a chance to do something special here.'"

Bell passed for 1,648 yards and 12 touchdowns with five interceptions in his time at quarterback for the Sooners.

The 6-foot-6 and 252 pound Bell will be a natural fit for the tight end position as his father, Mark, played six seasons as a defensive end for the Colts and the Seahawks.

"Blake has the size, the athleticism and the speed to (play tight end)," coach Bob Stoops said. "He has exhibited his toughness through the years. I think it'll be a great fit for him. He's already working on that, and it's something we'll see in the spring."