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Oklahoma football: Sooners' QB Trevor Knight battling to lead his childhood rival

As a child, Trevor Knight woke up each morning in a bedroom with burnt orange walls.
by Jason Kersey Published: April 10, 2013

But before he could reach TCU assistant Justin Fuente — a former OU quarterback and now Memphis' head coach — and commit to the Horned Frogs, Fuente called to say they'd just accepted another quarterback's commitment.

“I said, ‘Well Trevor, you need to call (former Texas A&M) coach (Mike) Sherman, because I know that's your second choice right now,'” George Knight said. “So he called Mike Sherman and committed.”

Just four months later, though, Heupel offered Trevor Knight the scholarship he'd been waiting for. The family took another trip to Norman, visited with coaches and left with a difficult decision to make.

Making the next week tougher was that his grandfather, Woodrow Mueller, was losing his battle with cancer.

“Trevor talked to his grandpa about (the decision), and they felt really good about that's what he wanted to do,” George Knight said.

On the same day that his grandfather died, Trevor Knight committed to Oklahoma.

He passed for 2,092 yards with 27 touchdowns and only three interceptions, and recorded 943 yards and 15 scores on the ground, as a senior at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio.

Last season, Trevor Knight was named one of Oklahoma's Scout Team Players of the Year. Part of what made him so impressive was his mobility, which OU coaches want more of in the future from the quarterback position.

Tyler Knight said his brother never seemed bothered by the lack of a Texas scholarship offer.

“At that point, the programs that he did get offers from, including Oklahoma, were above and beyond what Texas is currently,” Tyler Knight said.

The whole Knight clan hasn't had any problem switching sides in the Red River Rivalry, especially after the pregame heckling last October.

“The old allegiances go out the window when it's time to support your kids,” George Knight said.

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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In a three-part series to preview Oklahoma's spring game Saturday, we take a closer look at each of the three players — Trevor Knight, Blake Bell and Kendal Thompson — competing in the Sooners' first quarterback derby since the 2007 preseason.

Today: Trevor Knight woke up each morning in a bedroom with burnt-orange walls. How a lifetime Longhorns fan could be leading Oklahoma's offense inside the Cotton Bowl this October.

Friday: Blake Bell has been given few opportunities at Oklahoma to perform outside of the “Belldozer” identity. We'll examine those moments, the most memorable of which was last year's spring game.

Saturday: No second-generation quarterbacks have ever started a game at Oklahoma. The first could come in 2013, and he's one few OU fans could've ever imagined: Kendal Thompson, the son of Charles Thompson.

CORRECTION: Patrick Fletcher, son of 1960s OU quarterback Ronnie Fletcher, started one game in 1998, making him the first second-generation quarterback in OU history. Kendal Thompson would be the second. The information regarding OU's second-generation quarterbacks was incorrect in Thursday's editions.


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