ARLINGTON, Texas — Within the closed confines of Oklahoma's football practices, one lethal true-freshmen tandem continually frustrates the first-team defense.
Quarterback Trevor Knight and receiver Derrick Woods, two of the program's Scout Team Player of the Year honorees, believe they're just getting started.
“He knows when I'm gonna break; he knows how I run my routes, and I know how he's gonna throw the ball,” Woods said. “That's good to have early on.”
Oklahoma loses at least one of its best receivers — senior Justin Brown — after the Jan. 4 Cotton Bowl Classic, and junior Kenny Stills might forgo his senior season and enter April's NFL Draft.
Knight's path to the game field might be a little tougher; Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops named fan-favorite Blake Bell his second-team quarterback during fall camp, and the sophomore — famous for his short-yardage running success — has since been considered Landry Jones' heir apparent.
Knight's scout-team prowess, though, has earned him respect from coaches and teammates alike; the 6-feet-1, 197-pound freshman from San Antonio acted as all of Oklahoma's opposing quarterbacks this season.
Knight played the roles of Collin Klein, Seth Doege, Geno Smith and — currently — Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, among others.
“He throws those balls, cross-body, stuff you don't expect him to make,” said senior defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland. “He's kept us on our toes.”
His success and dedication leaves open the possibility for him — not Bell — to take the reins of Oklahoma's offense next fall.
“Trevor did a great job this year, and I think we're going to have a lot of competition next year at quarterback,” said co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell.