It’s time for the Knight Rider. Or the Knightmare? Regardless if a quarterback nickname is picked, the Trevor Knight era at Oklahoma has officially begun.
Knight, a redshirt freshman, was named as OU’s starting quarterback for the season opener following Thursday’s practice by OU coach Bob Stoops.
“Both Trevor and Blake [Bell] have competed hard and both will be ready to play against Louisiana-Monroe,” Stoops said. “Like every other position on our team, I expect them both to continue competing for the starting job.”
Entering the summer it appeared like it was Bell’s job to lose. The junior had more experience than Knight and fellow quarterback candidate Kendal Thompson. The BellDozer package had been a vital part to OU’s offense the last two seasons. Bell has rushed for 24 touchdowns in those two years.
But Stoops was consistent. It wasn’t just lip service to say it was an open competition. Knight started to turn some heads late in the year on the scout team in helping the Sooners prepare for Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl.
The three-man competition was in full swing throughout the spring with all three showing signs of brilliance and reason for OU fans to be excited.
Knight threw for 2,092 yards with 27 touchdowns and three interceptions as a senior at San Antonio (Reagan) High, while rushing for 943 yards and 15 more scores.
OU’s three-man competition shrunk to two on the first day of camp when Thompson fractured his foot. Still nothing at that point indicated Knight was going to be the guy.
As camp has progressed, more and more reports have talked about how great Knight has looked in terms of making plays and in terms of making good decisions.
The Sooners open their 2013 season Aug. 31 against Louisiana-Monroe.