NORMAN — Each and every spare moment the past week, Trevor Knight's father was glued to a computer inside his San Antonio dentist's office.
George Knight would visit patients, then hustle back into his office, listen to Oklahoma sports radio, and constantly check OU message boards and newspaper websites for any scrap of information he could find regarding the Sooners' quarterback battle between his son and junior Blake Bell.
“I just didn't let my patients know that I was thinking more about Trevor's situation than I was their teeth all week,” George Knight said with a laugh Thursday evening.
Following Thursday's official announcement that Knight, a redshirt freshman, will start the Sooners' 2013 season opener Aug. 31 against Louisiana-Monroe on Owen Field, Oklahoma football fans finally have their quarterback, and George Knight's patients finally have their dentist back.
Forgive George Knight's unquenchable thirst for information; he certainly wasn't getting it from his tight-lipped son.
As Oklahoma City TV reports surfaced early in the week pronouncing Trevor Knight the winner of the Sooners' quarterback battle, his mom and dad found themselves bombarded with congratulatory phone calls, text messages and emails.
“I just kept responding, ‘Those are just rumors. Trevor has not gotten the job. I will let you all know as soon as we find out,'” said Tricia Knight, Trevor's mother.
George Knight spoke with his son several times throughout the week, but each time he'd begin to broach any subject relating to football, his son clammed up.
“He'd say, ‘I think about that all day. Let's talk about something else,'” George Knight said. “I think that kept him in more of a comfort zone to not talk about it, and talk about school, what's going on with us and those things.”
When Tricia Knight talked to Trevor on Tuesday, after a second TV report claimed he'd won the job, the redshirt freshman told his mom to block it all out.
“He said, ‘Mom, you really need to just ignore everything. It's just a rumor,'” Tricia Knight said.
“(Wednesday night) my phone was going off a lot, but I just pretty much ignored my calls and all my text messages last night. I never look at blogs or anything like that.
“I told my husband, ‘Don't tell me anything you hear or read. I'm gonna wait and hear what the coaches decide.'”
Knight becomes the Sooners' first starting quarterback not named Landry Jones since Sam Bradford's season-ending injury in the 2009 Red River Rivalry game against Texas.
The Sooners' first quarterback battle since August 2007, when Bradford won the job, began in the spring between Bell, Knight and sophomore Kendal Thompson.
Thompson suffered a foot injury on the first day of the Sooners' preseason fall camp this month.
Bell has long been considered the prohibitive favorite to replace Jones. Stoops announced last August that Bell would be the Sooners' second-team quarterback, seemingly christening him as Jones' heir apparent.
Bell rushed for 24 touchdowns over the past two seasons out of the short-yardage “Belldozer” package, when he would replace Jones in games, take a shotgun snap and plow forward for first downs and touchdowns.
Knight, though, made a name for himself last season while redshirting, when he acted as the Sooners' opposing quarterback each week on the scout team and gave the first-team defense fits.
He passed for 2,092 yards with 27 touchdowns and only three interceptions — and recorded 943 yards and 15 scores on the ground — during his senior season at San Antonio's Ronald Reagan High School.
“Both Trevor and Blake have competed hard and both will be ready to play against Louisiana-Monroe,” Stoops said in a news release Thursday evening. “Like every other position on our team, I expect them both to continue competing for the starting job.”
George Knight sat in his office Thursday evening with OU's official Twitter feed opened on his Web browser when Stoops' announcement was posted.
He pulled out his cellphone and called Tricia, who was hosting a meet and greet at Stone Oak Elementary School with her new first-grade students.
With around 25 youngsters and their parents in the classroom, she became agitated as her cellphone kept buzzing on her desk.
“Finally I went over and saw it was my husband,” she said. “I said, ‘Hey, you can't be calling me right now.'
“‘He said, ‘Trevor was just named the quarterback.' We're very excited.”