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Texas vs. OU: Blake Bell could be big weapon for Sooners

As the Red River Shootout regains its luster this season, the No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners hope that the man they call "Belldozer" can play an important role against the No. 15 Texas Longhorns this Saturday.

That would be Blake Bell, the 6'6", 254-pound sophomore Sooners quarterback. In his young career, he has thrown just nine passes for 69 yards. So why the spotlight? Here's the background on Bell from the Texas site Burnt Orange Nation:

Blake Bell was a highly rated pro-style quarterback recruit from Wichita Bishop Carroll. It has been posited he was one of the most highly, if not at the top, sought after high school recruits in Kansas football history. His massive 6-6, 254 lb frame is but one of his natural attributes drawing coach's attention both far and wide. But it was his production on the gridiron that shined brightest. And for Bob Stoops this was a big need as a back-up, and ultimate replacement, for ... Landry Jones.

Last week at Texas Tech, Bell rushed seven times for 17 yards and two touchdowns, as he is often called upon in goal-to-go situations for his strong, bruising frame.

Over his career, he has 13 rushing touchdowns on 191 yards. Last year in a loss to Baylor, Bell ran the ball just five times, four of which were touchdowns. He also added three touchdowns and 51 rushing yards in a bowl win over Iowa.

So when Oklahoma gets near the goal line, expect Blake Bell to come bulldozing.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.