Oklahoma football: The Mobile QB Era arrives in Norman

COMMENTARY — By naming Trevor Knight the starter, Bob Stoops has decreed that his quarterbacks must make plays with their feet as well as their arms.
by Berry Tramel Modified: August 22, 2013 at 8:36 pm •  Published: August 23, 2013

— Trevor Knight is the new face of Oklahoma football.

Which is problematic, since we've seen about as much of his face as we have his game.

But the shroud is lifted, the dark Knight rises, against Louisiana-Monroe on Aug. 31, when Knight debuts as the Sooner quarterback.

Will the Knight era last four years, ala Landry Jones'? Will the Knight era last a game, which the Paul Thompson era would have had Rhett Bomar kept his nose clean?

Can't say. But this we know from Bob Stoops' announcement Thursday that Knight has won the QB job: the mobile quarterback era has arrived in Soonerville.

After seven straight seasons of stoic statues Sam Bradford and Landry Jones, the Sooners are forging new ground. A quarterback who can make plays with his feet.

And for Stoops to pick a redshirt freshman over Blake Bell, the heir apparent and two years Knight's elder, is a clear sign that mobility now is a huge priority in OU quarterbacking.

Bell is no plodder. If Bell and Landry Jones raced around the football field, Bell might lap Landry.

But Bell's mobility is impressive only as it relates to the Sooner norm. Knight's mobility is impressive, period. That much we gleaned from our one look at Knight, in the spring game last April.

And truth is, we heard about it last December, when Knight was a scout-team phenom, mimicking Johnny Manziel.

“He throws those balls, cross-body,” OU defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland said before the Cotton Bowl. “Stuff you don't expect him to make. He's kept us on our toes.”

Of course, we've seen this coming the last few years, when the Sooners began recruiting mobile quarterbacks. First Bell, then more so with Kendal Thompson and Knight.

But any doubt was removed the last two seasons, when first Robert Griffin III, then Johnny Football, scrambled and ran and passed the Sooners ragged. RG3 won the Heisman against OU; Manziel ratified his Heisman at Sooner expense.

I asked Stoops this week how different the offense will look to us novices, regardless of who quarterbacks.


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
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...
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