Competition at RB picks up for Sooners in spring

By Murray Evans

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, April 16 2011 6:55 p.m. MDT

Most of the 25,598 fans in attendance Saturday also were curious to watch the Sooners' two backup quarterbacks, sophomore Drew Allen and redshirt freshman Blake Bell, compete for the No. 2 job. Allen, playing exclusively with the Red team, had the better statistical day, completing 16 of 29 passes for 179 yards with one touchdown — a 16-yard pass to Dejuan Miller — and one interception.

Bell played at times for both sides. He completed 11 of 24 passes for 67 yards and one touchdown with one interception for the White team and was 1 of 4 for 17 yards for the Red team.

"The young quarterbacks are getting better," Stoops said. "Drew, I thought, was impressive for sure in that first half and did a lot of really nice things, and Blake as well. A lot of good things, but he needs more time and he'll learn a lot from watching this scrimmage as well."

Stoops said he wasn't ready to declare who will be Jones' primary backup next season.

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