Chat wrap: Blake Bell's progress

SoonerNation writer Jake Trotter chatted with readers on Monday about Oklahoma football and recruiting. Here's the full transcript. If you didn't get your question answered, send it to Jake's mailbag.

Here are a few highlights from the chat:

Pip Minton (Seattle, WA): How much does the return of Landry Jones impede the development of Blake Bell?

Jake Trotter: I wouldn't look at it that way. Bell is going to get two years to show what he can do. The way to look at it is, how fortunate is OU to have a fifth-year QB entering his fourth year as a starter? How many of those are out there?

DJ (Austin): Do you think that roy finch will finally get more carries after proving he could take more of the load when whaley went down

Jake Trotter: Actually, no. The Sooners are put out with other parts of Finch's game (notably protecting Landry Jones) and until that gets better, his carries will continue to be sporadic. I love Finch's game, really like him in the interview room, but right now, I can't ever see him being the every down back.

Brad (Norman): What is Mike Stoops' current confidence level with regard to the improvement of next year's D?

Jake Trotter: He seems optimistic to me, particularly about the secondary. I think he realizes the defensive line could have some limitations, but he really didn't get a good look at that group with Casey Walker, Stacy McGee and David King somewhat all sitting out the spring.

Corey (NYC): Jake: Im a die hard Sooners fan and im excited for Notre Dame-OU game. I know Notre Dame isn't what they used to be but, despite all that, beating them is still a big deal, because they are the "America's Team" of College Football. What are your thoughts in regards to the atmosphere of that game and the early buzz sourrounding it?

Jake Trotter: Notre Dame could be 0-7 and it will still be a big game in Norman. The tradition between the two schools is rich, and the fact OU is 1-8 lifetime against the Irish makes it even bigger, regardless of how good or bad this version of Notre Dame is.