Knight’s odds of winning the Heisman are 18-to-1 going into the season. A few weeks after his Sugar Bowl Most Valuable Player performance, Knight was 25-to-1 to win the award.
Florida State’s Jameis Winston, last year’s winner, is the favorite again at 9/2, followed by Oregon’s Marcus Mariota at 5-to-1.
Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty is 12-to-1.
GASTELUM THRILLED TO BE A PART OF OU
Walk-on linebacker Caleb Gastelum, now a fifth-year senior, said his acceptance as a walk-on for the Sooners was one of the biggest thrills of his life.
“I love the game,” Gastelum said. “I’ve loved the game since I was a kid. I used to watch Oklahoma way back in the day — Teddy Lehman days, Rocky Calmus days. I loved watching Oklahoma. I remember watching the national championship game against Florida State in my living room as a kid.
“It’s something that’s been pretty special to me.”
Gastelum has been a key contributor on special teams the last three seasons and could see in increased role on defense this season.
He’s listed as the backup behind Jordan Evans at one inside linebacker spot.
OU BAND BRINGING BACK PROGRAM BOOKS
University of Oklahoma athletic band director Justin Stolarik is bringing back an old tradition this season by producing a weekly program book for home football games.
The press books will contain information about the band and its formations for that week’s specific in-game performances.
These books aren’t going to be available for the general public at games, but are for media outlets to have information about the Pride of Oklahoma.
Press packets such as these were used by several previous band directors, especially in the days when halftime and pre-game shows were more likely to be aired during television broadcasts.
Stolarik’s packets are similar to those used by Leonard Haug in the 1950s, said director of university bands William Wakefield.