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Oklahoma football: New offensive philosophy debuts alongside Sooners' quarterback Trevor Knight

by Jason Kersey Published: August 31, 2013


photo - Oklahoma's Trevor Knight (9), Jalen Saunders (8), and Lacoltan Bester (11) celebrate a touchdown beside Louisiana Monroe's Cordero Smith (10) during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Trevor Knight (9), Jalen Saunders (8), and Lacoltan Bester (11) celebrate a touchdown beside Louisiana Monroe's Cordero Smith (10) during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry The Oklahoman

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has for weeks denied that any fundamental shift in offensive philosophy was taking place behind closed doors.

But by the fourth play of Saturday's season opener, it had become plainly apparent that the Sooners' 2013 offense won't look like anything seen on Owen Field in quite a while.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Trevor Knight dropped back to pass on third-and-10, scrambled through the Louisiana-Monroe defense and gained the first 24 of his team-high 103 rushing yards in the Sooners' 34-0 win.

“Yeah, congratulations on being able to see it, guys,” senior center Gabe Ikard joked to reporters after the game. “We've got a lot of different stuff in. We showed a lot of it tonight. We've got some we haven't shown. We've got a lot of stuff in there to take advantage of (Knight's) athleticism.”

Oklahoma (1-0) opens Big 12 Conference play at home next Saturday against West Virginia.

Knight struggled early Saturday, missing the mark on several passes — three of which were nearly intercepted — before Oklahoma's run game overwhelmed the Warhawks' defense. Between Knight, three senior running backs and a veteran offensive line, the Sooners rushed for 305 yards as a team.

Knight became the first Oklahoma quarterback to rush for more than 100 yards since pre-knee surgeries Jason White accomplished the feat in 2001, and the first Sooner signal caller to record more rushing than passing yards in a game since Eric Moore in Bedlam 1998, played just weeks before Stoops was hired as head coach.

The redshirt freshman — who was named Oklahoma's starting quarterback on Aug. 22 after a long position battle with junior Blake Bell — completed 11 of 28 passes for 86 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception.

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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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