Stock Rising: Trevor Knight

Published: Jan 28, 2014 10:54am EST
By Steven Baer, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Jan 28, 2014 @ 01:57pm EST


        Back in August a lot of people questioned Bob Stoops for naming a redshirt freshman quarterback of his team.  After the sugar bowl victory over Alabama everyone now knows why he picked Trevor Knight.

            Coaches began to notice Knight’s skill set about a year ago.  When Oklahoma was preparing to face Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, Knight was asked to play the role of Johnny Manziel, to help get the sooners defense get ready for the Heisman winner.  During that month of practice coaches and players were stunned by the athleticism of Knight.

            Knight’s first two games of the year didn’t go that great, showing some inconsistent play.  Against Louisiana-Monroe and West Virginia, Knight threw for 205 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions.  Oklahoma did win both games but Knight’s lack of stretching the ball down field lost him his starting job.  Knight did rush for 145 yards in those two games but OU’s spread offense likes to throw the ball a little more effective than what Knight gave them.

            Blake Bell took over as quarterback and didn’t fair too much better.  In losses against Texas and Baylor, Bell was confused by zone-blitz schemes and had trouble throwing the ball down-field himself.  Bell threw costly picks in those two games that Oklahoma could not come back from.

            On Nov. 20, Knight had an opportunity to start again with Bell missing the game due to a concussion.  Knight lead the sooners to a 41-31 win over Kansas State.  He was, 14-20 for 171 yards with a touchdown and an interception.  Knight also rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown, not really sexy numbers all around necessarily but this was Knight’s best game so far.  In the last game of the year against Oklahoma State, Knight hurt is shoulder in the first half and did not finish the game.

            With the weeks leading up to the Sugar Bowl game against Alabama, Stoops would not name a starting quarterback.  Stoops just doing so to have a slight advantage over Alabama making them prepare for two different quarterbacks.  Alabama came into the Sugar Bowl only allowing 166 yards passing yards per game, third best in the nation.

            Trevor Knight said hello to the college football world by carving up Alabama’s defense for 348 yards and four touchdowns.  The Sugar Bowl MVP showed the skill set his coaches have been talking about for months, hitting vertical receivers in stride and extending plays with his legs to find open targets down field.  Before the Sugar Bowl Knight’s best feature was considered his legs.  It may only be one game but the numbers Knight had against what was considered as one of college footballs best defense can not go unnoticed.  After four hours of football Oklahoma has gone from not knowing their starter for next year too having a potential Heisman contender.


Comments (3)

  • Lance Rinker   Jan 29, 2014 @ 05:34PM
    CJ Brown of the Terps likes to use his legs quite a bit as well and paid the price for it this season by missing some time with injury. It happens with that style of play. -

  • Steven Baer   Jan 29, 2014 @ 01:18PM
    Staying healthy will be a huge factor, since Knight likes to use his speed and maybe run around a little too much.

  • Lance Rinker   Jan 28, 2014 @ 03:25PM
    Good work on your write up of Trevor Knight of the Sooners Steven.

    I'm expecting some big things from him next season. He's one of those guys where he has the tools to succeed, it's really just a matter of how well he meshes with the system there and staying healthy, IMO. -

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