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Oklahoma football: Sooners will stage another quarterback derby — this time for the backup job

With Bell changing positions and Thompson changing schools and Baker Mayfield ineligible until 2015, freshmen Cody Thomas and Justice Hansen, will duel for the No. 2 quarterback role. Which is no small thing considering Trevor Knight's history.
by Berry Tramel Published: February 7, 2014

Knight showed he can do that, as well as run like a deer. So there is no first-string derby this spring.

Even Stoops, while bluffing about the open job, said, “Definitely with the positive momentum with how Trevor played, we want to try to build on that.”

But after Knight, the Sooner quarterback stable gets barren quickly.

Thomas, a redshirt freshman in the autumn, also will play baseball this spring. Don't expect him to miss any spring football; maybe that was kosher in 1954, but not in 2014.

Hansen, who graduated a semester early from Edmond Santa Fe, will join the backup derby.

But look how quickly QB depth can disappear. When the Mayfield reports surfaced a few weeks ago, we all thought he was nuts. Going to a place with five quarterbacks, three of whom had played, two of whom had taken down the likes of Alabama and Notre Dame, and one of those had three years eligibility remaining?

Now Mayfield looks like he'll be in the mix for the backup derby in spring 2015.

Quarterback landscapes can change fast. As we learned down the stretch of the 2013 OU season.

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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