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September 9, 2013

Sooners: Bell to start against Tusla

NORMAN —

After entering the game in the fourth quarter to replace Trevor Knight last Saturday, Blake Bell will get a chance for his first full Sooners game when he starts against Tulsa this Saturday.

Knight, who won the race for the starting quarterback position over the summer, suffered a knee injury toward the end of a forgetful encounter with West Virginia over the weekend. After going 10-20 and throwing two interceptions, Bell replaced the red-shirted freshman with 14:50 to go in the game. 

In the post-game press conference, Stoops said the quarterback position was something "we will have to discuss" ahead of the visit from Tulsa. He confirmed Bell would start this Saturday at a media luncheon on Monday.

Quarterback Kendall Thompson, who was in the running to start before suffering a broken foot in preseason, has participated in light practice in the last week, although he was not fully dressed out. Stoops said the Sooners anticipate he could be fully recovered after the bye week and ahead of the game against Notre Dame on Sept. 28, but there is no official date on his return. 

Offensive lineman Tyrus Thompson is expected to practice this week after suffering an ankle injury toward the end of the West Virginia game, Stoops said. There is no word on the status of senior defensive back Aaron Colvin, who also came up injured over the weekend.

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