Oklahoma football notebook: Mack Brown talks Sooners, Trevor Knight

“You'd have to talk about Oklahoma as the favorite because of the way they finished the season, and what a tremendous game and game plan and quarterback play against Alabama,” Brown said.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 27, 2014

Former Texas coach Mack Brown said Oklahoma is the Big 12 Conference favorite this season, but isn’t quite ready to crown his former archrival.

Brown, now working as an ESPN college football analyst, said during a media conference call this week that “this league has much more parity than people would think from outside.”

“We played for the conference championship at Texas last year; all those kids are back,” Brown said. “Baylor has done a tremendous job. They've got their new stadium.

“Anytime you play at Kansas State you have a chance to lose because Bill Snyder coaches as well as anybody in the country.

“You'd have to talk about Oklahoma as the favorite because of the way they finished the season, and what a tremendous game and game plan and quarterback play against Alabama.”

Asked specifically about sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight, Brown said he wants to see more consistency from the Sugar Bowl MVP.

“I have to see more from him, because he struggled some during the season,” Brown said. “But anytime you finish like he did, if he can pick it up and move forward, he can have a great year. I think a whole lot of their hopes are on his shoulders.”

BELL QUICKLY EARNED BOULWARE’S TRUST

Oklahoma tight ends coach Jay Boulware said he won’t put anyone on the field he doesn’t trust.

That’s why senior Blake Bell is atop the first official OU football depth chart at tight end this week, and is expected to start the Sooners’ season opener Saturday evening against Louisiana Tech.

“Every time I put a kid on the field — whether it’s special teams or tight end or any position I’m coaching — I’m telling you I trust you,” Boulware said. “Now it’s up to you to do the job. I’m telling you I have trust in you. You’re helping to feed my daughter.

“I show them that picture that’s in my office. I say, ‘See that little girl right there? When you step on the field for me, you’re telling me you’re helping feed her. I’m trusting you to help feed her.’”

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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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