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Midsummer, Knight's dream: How Sooner quarterback Trevor Knight spent his summer vacation

Oklahoma sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight’s extremely busy — but exciting — summer will continue Tuesday, when he represents the Sooners at Big 12 Media Days in Dallas.
by Jason Kersey Published: July 19, 2014
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photo - Trevor Knight warms up before the Spring College Football Game of the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, April 12, 2014.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Trevor Knight warms up before the Spring College Football Game of the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

— Earlier this summer, Trevor Knight called his parents and asked for their prayers.

“I just have felt a little overwhelmed lately,” he said.

His mother, Tricia, was taken aback by the admission, but also happy to hear it.

“He’s never expressed that to us,” Tricia Knight said. “I told him, ‘If you talk to anybody, you should talk to your parents. You need to tell us if you feel overwhelmed.’

“Between summer workouts, class, film study … I think it was just a lot.”

But that wasn’t even close to everything OU’s sophomore quarterback took on this summer. He joined several other OU athletes on a mission trip to Haiti; he was heavily involved in the planning and revealing of the Sooners’ new alternate uniforms; he worked as a camp counselor at the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana and he’s helped organize weekly prayer gatherings on OU’s South Oval with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Knight will add another summer chore Tuesday, when he travels to Dallas as one of five OU player representatives at Big 12 Media Days.

“I feel like Trevor works a full-time job and puts in a lot of overtime,” said Adam Barnett, the college pastor at Norman’s Journey Church who organizes and leads an annual trip to Haiti for OU athletes.

Knight began his summer there, working and proselytizing in the impoverished country. Tricia Knight said his first Haiti trip in 2013 was a truly eye-opening experience that actually helped get him through some of the football difficulties he faced a few months later.

Knight was named the starting quarterback for the Sooners’ season opener, but because of a knee injury and some inconsistent passing, he lost the job after Week 2.

“He kinda had a rough year last year with the injuries, losing his starting position … I think having the spiritual life he does and going over there and seeing how those people live, that’s the kind of thing that gets him through times like last year,” Tricia Knight said.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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