Oklahoma football report card: Sooners' offensive line, Trevor Knight get high marks

by Jenni Carlson Published: November 23, 2013


photo - Oklahoma's Trevor Knight (9) hands off to Brennan Clay (24) during an NCAA college football game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Kansas State University Wildcats at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Oklahoma won 41-31. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Trevor Knight (9) hands off to Brennan Clay (24) during an NCAA college football game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Kansas State University Wildcats at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Oklahoma won 41-31. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma's best win of the season produced some of its best grades. High marks all around, especially for the bigs up front and the guy behind center on offense.

OFFENSIVE LINE: A

Frankly, the OU offensive line has been underappreciated this season, but Saturday, its dominance was obvious. The Sooner front got a great push all day, opening big running lanes for Brennan Clay, Trevor Knight and any other Sooner who ran the ball. And it did so without a couple starters. Adam Shead was injured and did not play; Bronson Irwin moved into his spot at left guard while Nila Kasitati took over at right guard. Then early in the second half, Tyrus Thompson was hurt, forcing Derek Farniok into action.

TREVOR KNIGHT: A

This is the type of performance the OU offense expected when Knight was named the starter at the beginning of the season. The redshirt freshman was deadly with his feet, rushing for 82 yards and one touchdown, and effective when he needed to be with his arm, going 14 of 20 for 171 yards, one touchdown and one interception. That interception, by the way, wasn't his fault; coaches said after the game that the receiver ran a wrong route.

DEFENSIVE BACKS NOT NAMED AARON COLVIN: C

If not for late interceptions by Zack Sanchez and Quentin Hayes, this grade would've been a failing one. The guys in the Sooner secondary not named Aaron Colvin were dreadful in the first half, allowing K-State receiver Tyler Lockett to go crazy. But they improved in the second half and salvaged a passing grade.


by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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