NORMAN — After Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops named Blake Bell the second-team quarterback in August 2012, Bell was widely viewed as Landry Jones’ heir apparent.
But there were signs late last season that Trevor Knight would push for the job himself.
Knight was named the starting quarterback for Oklahoma’s 2013 season opener — Aug. 31 against Louisiana-Monroe on Owen Field — last week.
Here are a few quotes from Sooner players and coaches last season that hinted at Knight’s impressive skill set:
Head coach Bob Stoops, Aug. 21, 2012: “Love him. He’s really doing well. An excellent young man and the last couple of days the scout work we did, he couldn’t have been better. He’s just really doing well.”
Defensive tackle Casey Walker, Nov. 26, 2012: “He can throw and he can run. He makes plays on scout team where you’re like, ‘Man, really?’ He’s gonna be real good. He gives us a good look.”
Defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland, Dec. 18, 2012: “He throws those balls, cross-body, stuff you don’t expect him to make. He’s kept us on our toes. … He’s doing things you wouldn’t expect from a scout-team guy.”
Co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell, Dec. 18, 2012: “Trevor did a great job this year, and I think we’re going to have a lot of competition next year at quarterback. … I think it’s going to be interesting to see them compete this offseason and next spring for the quarterback position.”
Co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel, Dec. 21, 2012: “He was the Scout Team Player of the Year, which is extremely important. It tells you the way he’s approached every day and the way he’s competed. Talking to other players around the program and the defensive guys, they all believe he’s going to be a really good player. That’s important too.
“The best players know who the best players are before the coaches get a chance to work with them a lot.”
Safety Tony Jefferson, Jan. 1, 2013 (asked who played Johnny Manziel during Cotton Bowl preparations): “Trevor Knight. He’s done a great job at it too. He can do that. Watch out for Trevor Knight.”