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Oklahoma football: Silence is part of the job description for OU quarterbacks

COMMENTARY — Trevor Knight hasn't done many interviews, but chances are he'll follow in recent Sooner tradition and won't cause a stir with his words.
by Berry Tramel Modified: August 28, 2013 at 9:30 am •  Published: August 27, 2013

A guy at one of OKC's all-sports radio stations told me that Landry Jones' agent has called, trying to get Landry a radio gig. Lord help us all.

For all we know, Landry is Sir Laughs A Lot. But if so, he's hidden it well. As is, the state of Oklahoma wants to hear Landry on the radio the way the Greatest Generation wants to hear Tokyo Rose.

Time was, OU quarterbacks were spokesmen for the squad. Steve Davis and J.C. Watts were charming and confidence-instilling, as befitting Baptist preachers. Jamelle Holieway was endearing in a street-wise sort of way, yet never said anything that caused a firestorm. Boz, yes. Holieway, no.

The most quotable Sooner quarterback ever might have been Cale Gundy. You'd never know it today, with Gundy on Stoops' staff and entering his 15th season of talking in empty clichés.

But when Gundy was a player, he spoke his mind. Even famously questioned the Sooners' play-calling after the 1990 Texas game, when Gundy was a freshman.

If a quarterback today ever questioned the play-calling, Stoops would call out the National Guard and have the campus on lockdown.

If the reformed Gundy has advice for Knight, no doubt it will be, do as I say, not as I said.

Eventually Knight will talk, maybe after the Louisiana-Monroe game Saturday night, but you can rest assured, he's been well-coached. He'll have nothing to say.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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