Oklahoma football: Don't get too excited about the Sooners' sudden offensive success

BERRY TRAMEL COMMENTARY — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops gave some good advice to Sooner Nation on Saturday. He warned to not get too wrapped up in the success of Trevor Knight and the Sooners' offense.
by Berry Tramel Published: November 16, 2013


photo - Oklahoma's Trevor Knight (9) runs past Iowa State's Jeremiah George (52) during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Iowa State University Cyclones (ISU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Trevor Knight (9) runs past Iowa State's Jeremiah George (52) during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Iowa State University Cyclones (ISU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Knight did enough to warrant starting at K-State. Did enough to at least again harbor the notion that he could be the quarterback of the future.

Knight said he was calmer and more confident than those early-season games.

“That's why veterans play so well, because they've been through it so many times, they've seen every look,” Knight said. “So every time you play, you get a little more comfortable out there.”

Bell has played well at times. But the truth is, it was hard to even label the OU offense this last month or so. Who knew what it was?

No such mystery with Knight.

“I love that option and that dual-threat when your quarterback can run and being able to make a guy miss,” Clay said. “It can put the defense in a bind.”

True enough. Iowa State is no great test. I figure the Cyclones for the Big 12's worst defense, but they generally line up correctly.

And still the Sooners caught them out of position. Worrying about a speed guy on the perimeter opens the middle. Knight is a speed guy on the perimeter.

“His ability to get to the perimeter is a factor,” Stoops said. The defense is pressed to be “absolutely correct. If they're not, something pops in there, and that's what happened on some of those runs.

“They get two, they get one, they get zero, and all of a sudden it goes 50. That's why sometimes you have to keep running.”

Of course, Stoops didn't keep running this offense on Sept. 7. He bailed to Bell, and you couldn't blame Stoops then.

But now it's time to go back to Knight. I don't know if it will win in Manhattan, and I'm pretty sure it won't win in Stillwater, but at some point, the Sooners have to be thinking about a quarterback for next season.

No reason not to find out if Knight can be that guy.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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