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

“Not much,” he said. “Not much different. You'll see a bunch of the same formations and plays. Not much at all, really.”

Sorry, but I'm calling bogus on that one. You don't hand the reins to a runaround redshirt freshman, then run Landry Jones' offense.

An OU insider said the difference between Knight and Bell is not so much the quarterbacking talents of either, but the particular quarterbacking talents of Knight as it relates to this offense. Bell's bad luck that the Sooners shifted gears just as he got to the front of the line.

Who knows how Knight's mobility will be used?

The shotgun option (some call it the zone read, a stupid name; the old wishbone belly series was a zone read)? Sprintouts? Quarterback draws?

We'll see against Louisiana-Monroe, unless Stoops thinks he can skate past the Warhawks, West Virginia and Tulsa with a vanilla offense, saving the major changes for Notre Dame.

I wouldn't bet on Stoops getting all sneaky, though. He knows a rookie quarterback needs all the weaponry at hand to succeed.

Stoops three times has gone with a redshirt freshman. Once by choice (Bradford, 2007), once by exasperation (Rhett Bomar, 2005) and once by necessity (Landry, 2009).

Bradford was the best (no holes in that theory) but after a glittering start still struggled at mediocre Colorado in September 2007, losing 27-24. Bomar and Landry took awhile to get their bearings, too. UCLA, Miami, Brigham Young. Some rough outings there.

So expect Knight to come out moving, if not all-out running, and don't look for the Sooners to retreat, no matter how long the Knight era lasts.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. 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 newsok.com/berrytramel.


by Berry Tramel
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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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