Redshirt freshman Trevor Knight, following a heated offseason battle with junior Blake Bell, has officially been name the starting quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners to open the 2013 season.
“Both Trevor and Blake (Bell) have competed hard and both will be ready to play against Louisiana-Monroe,” coach Bob Stoops said in a statement. “Like every other position on our team, I expect them both to continue competing for the starting job.”
Oklahoma won 10 games a season ago, but most fans and analysts are having a hard time shaking the fact that when a big win was needed, Big Game Bob’s squad fell flat – and that was with senior quarterback Landry Jones under center.
Jones graduated to the NFL, and at that point Stoops was tasked with an offseason mission: To choose which player was going to work to erase the memories of home losses to both Notre Dame and Kansas State, as well as a Cotton Bowl beatdown at the hands of Texas A&M.
Most believed it would be Blake Bell. At 6-foot-6, 252 pounds and better known to Sooners fans as the Belldozer, Bell looked like the heir apparent to Jones after being utilized in short-yardage packages for the last two seasons.
As a freshman in 2011, Bell rushed 44 times for 171 yards and a whopping 13 touchdowns. It was more of the same last year, with Bell taking 59 carries for 182 yards and 11 scores. He also completed nine passes in 16 attempts for 107 yards in 2012.
As for Knight, who beat out a player with a relative wealth of experience, the San Antonio native threw for 27 touchdowns and 2,092 yards with three interceptions as a prep senior while also rushing for 943 yards and 15 touchdowns. He was a four-star recruit coming out of high school.
We can all presume that Stoops is not exactly the biggest fan of Johnny Manziel, but after seeing what the reshirt freshman did to his defense in the Cotton Bowl, could he be hoping to catch lightning in a bottle with Knight?
Obviously, we will all find out if his gamble will pay off soon enough. If not, Stoops has a great insurance policy in Bell waiting on the sidelines.