NORMAN — 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.
The month of bowl practices worked wonders for Knight. Against Alabama, he finally showcased the incredible talent and playmaking ability coaches had insisted was there since his scout team work in 2012.
After the Sugar Bowl, Trevor returned home to San Antonio for a week and relaxed, mostly staying out of the public eye, save for a trip to the elementary school where his mother Tricia teaches first grade.
“It was good that he had that week here where he could just take it all in, because once he got back to Norman the next week, his life really changed,” Tricia said.
‘He makes me a better person’
George and Tricia Knight visited Norman two weeks ago for the OU men’s basketball game against Texas. Trevor and Connor sat with them during the game, which was one of the first times the parents got to experience their son’s newfound fame.
A couple approached Trevor with their baby, and from the way the conversation went, George Knight just assumed his son knew the family from church.
Trevor stood in the aisle and posed for a picture with the baby, then sat back down.
“Did you know them?” George asked Trevor.
“No, not at all.”
At another point during the game — after another positive interaction with a youngster — the kid’s mother thanked Tricia for Trevor’s character.
“I always tell my friends that he makes me a better person, just by listening to the things he says,” Tricia said. “He’s a very humble kid, and that’s the way we raised him. He knows that life is gonna have his ups and downs, and he got to really experience that — probably for the first time in his life — last year. It builds character and it made him a better person.”