The Moore American


March 20, 2013

Up for grabs



The Sooners saw last season just how hard it was to defend quarterbacks who could run. All three losses in 2012 — Kansas State, Notre Dame and Texas A&M — were against teams who had quarterbacks capable of running the ball.

How much OU will mirror that is something fans and opponents can ponder for the next seven months. All of the practices are closed. Only the Red/White Game on April 13 is viewable. Stoops and his staff usually keep the play-calling as vanilla as possible in the game.

Of course, that doesn’t mean the Sooners will shift the offense to a run-heavy scheme either. The ability to complete passes downfield will be at the top of the grade sheet.

“We will never give up anything as far as our quarterbacks having the ability to pass — that’s our primary focus first,” Heupel said. “We have great skill guys, and we want to make sure we’re able to distribute the ball to those guys.

“But certainly, the guys we have on campus are a little bit different than Landry with their ability to extend and make plays with their feet. How many times we’ll have designed play calls for them I can’t tell you right now, but certainly that’s something we’ll probably look at in the spring.”

Players said they haven’t seen much separation between Bell, Thompson and Knight.

During the brief portion of Tuesday’s practice that was open to the media, the trio ran drills side by side. The scrimmaging was closed.

“All three of those guys had really good days. They’ve made mistakes, but they’ve all made good plays as well,” said Heupel. “The guy who will ultimately be our quarterback is the guy who makes a mistake, learns from it and doesn’t repeat it.”

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