OU football: Trevor Knight shines during brief playing time vs. Notre Dame

He immediately reminded Sooners fans about why there was so much excitement when he was named the starter.
by Ryan Aber Published: September 29, 2013


photo - Oklahoma's Trevor Knight (9) runs during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Notre Dame, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. Oklahoma defeated Notre Dame 35-21. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)  ORG XMIT: INDC119
Oklahoma's Trevor Knight (9) runs during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Notre Dame, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. Oklahoma defeated Notre Dame 35-21. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) ORG XMIT: INDC119

SOUTH BEND, Ind.-- It wasn't much, just six plays in a game that had more than 125 of them.

But Trevor Knight savored it as much as he could.

With Knight sidelined the last two weeks with a knee injury, Blake Bell has seized not only the Oklahoma starting quarterback job but the role as team leader.

But Saturday at Notre Dame, Knight got another chance to quarterback the Sooners with the game on the line when Bell went to the locker room for intravenous fluids after cramping up in the third quarter.

He immediately reminded Sooners fans about why there was so much excitement when he was named the starter.

Even three weeks removed from spraining all four ligaments in his left knee — “that doesn't happen very often,” Knight said — the redshirt freshman was quick on his feet.

When Bell trotted off, co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel called a read-option play right off the bat.

Knight kept the ball and ran for 30 yards, the longest play on the ground for the Sooners in the 35-21 win.

“I've been out of it for the first time in my life for a couple weeks,” Knight said. “Coach Heup always stresses, ‘You've got to be ready when it's your time.' You don't know when it's going to happen so I just stayed ready.”

Knight completed his only pass on the drive and ran out of bounds on a scramble. The drive was finished off with a Michael Hunnicutt field goal to put the Sooners up 13 late in the third.

Knight beat out Bell for the starting job thanks in large part to his running.

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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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