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Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops confirms Trevor Knight's knee injury; Blake Bell will start Saturday against Tulsa

by Jason Kersey Modified: September 9, 2013 at 2:50 pm •  Published: September 9, 2013
during the college football game between the University of Okahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Louisiana Monroe Warhawks (ULM) at the Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 in Norman, Okla.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
during the college football game between the University of Okahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Louisiana Monroe Warhawks (ULM) at the Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops confirmed Monday morning that redshirt freshman quarterback Trevor Knight will miss Saturday’s home game against Tulsa with a bruised knee.

Junior Blake Bell will start the game — the first start of his career — and sophomore Kendal Thompson will return to practice Monday as Bell’s backup.

Thompson suffered a foot injury early in fall camp that had kept him from practicing to this point.

Stoops said Knight’s injury occurred just before halftime, when he ran up the middle toward the end zone and sustained a hit to his leg.

Knight continued to play in the third quarter, but didn’t record any rushing attempts and threw two interceptions in West Virginia territory.

“I’m sure it did affect him to some degree,” Stoops said of the knee injury. “I’m sure it bothered him.”

OU coaches replaced Knight with Bell to start the fourth quarter. Stoops said the decision was made because of both the injury and Knight’s performance.

“It’s both,” Stoops said. “It doesn’t matter. I said I didn’t feel things were what they needed to be.

“The bottom line was we had to do something different.”

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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