Oklahoma football: Trevor Knight is taking his newfound fame in stride

Trevor Knight’s 348-yard, four-touchdown performance in the Sooners’ 45-31 Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama turned him into a bona fide superstar, and so far, he’s handled the notoriety about as well as anyone could have imagined.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 15, 2014
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photo - Surrounded by his teammates, OU quarterback Trevor Knight addresses the crowd at halftime of a Sooner basektball game earlier this season. 
                  Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Surrounded by his teammates, OU quarterback Trevor Knight addresses the crowd at halftime of a Sooner basektball game earlier this season. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

— Trevor Knight’s father and twin brother always walk a few feet behind him in public.

“Connor and I have fun just watching the reactions,” said George Knight, their dad.

Like two weeks ago, as the family walked through Sooner Mall, a few middle-school boys’ jaws dropped when they recognized the Sugar Bowl MVP.

“Are you Trevor Knight?” one of them sheepishly asked the Oklahoma quarterback, who smiled, happily agreed to pose for pictures and sent the boys running off and grinning ear-to-ear.

Trevor turned to his father George and said, “Those guys right there remind me of what I used to be like. That’s why I want to take pictures with them.”

Trevor Knight’s 348-yard, four-touchdown performance in the Sooners’ 45-31 Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama turned him into a bona fide superstar, and so far, he’s handled the notoriety about as well as anyone could have imagined. He’s comfortable in the spotlight and genuinely enjoys making those well-wishers happy.

“He handles the attention with such class and dignity,” George Knight said. “Whenever people approach him, he lights up. He shakes their hand. He wants to know about them.

“I know for a fact that it can get a little taxing, but he enjoys doing it. He enjoys giving back.”

‘His life really changed’

Trevor Knight emerged victorious from an intense quarterback battle last preseason, but other than occassional flashes of brilliance, he struggled through his first two starts before suffering a knee injury and being replaced by Blake Bell.

When he returned to the starting lineup in late November against Kansas State, he played well in a 41-31 victory and earned another start at Oklahoma State two weeks later.

But a late first-half shoulder injury sidelined Knight for Bedlam’s second half, when Bell led the Sooners to a last-minute upset victory and left OU’s quarterback situation entering the Sugar Bowl a mystery.


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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