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

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.”

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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