Last year, the Sooners announced that Knight would start the season opener after winning a preseason quarterback battle with Bell, a junior who was long expected to win the job. Despite Knight being the starter, though, OU coaches continued to practice the things Bell did well, preparing for the possibility that he might end up playing, too.
The two quarterbacks were both much more mobile than the previous Sooner signal caller, four-year starter Landry Jones, but Knight’s quickness and elusiveness made certain plays — namely, zone read stuff — more suited to him.
After Knight’s Sugar Bowl MVP performance last January against Alabama, Bell moved to tight end, meaning the Sooners are now able to focus exclusively on what Knight does well in the offense.
“They were a different style,” said offensive coordinator Josh Heupel. “I think you saw that, depending on who was playing, in football games last year.
“At the end of the day, when you have a guy, you're able to take your offense more in a certain direction. That's what we've been able to do from where we were last year to where we're at now.”