NORMAN — At this time a year ago, Oklahoma had named Trevor Knight its starting quarterback for the season opener, but the Sooners hadn’t gone all in on him.
OU coaches still spent time practicing the plays Blake Bell ran well. Knight started the first two games of the season with one eye looking over his shoulder.
Entering Oklahoma’s 2014 season opener — set for 6 p.m. Saturday against Louisiana Tech — Knight is again the starting quarterback, but this year, there is no trepidation among Sooner coaches and players.
“I feel like the direction of the offense, not having two quarterbacks and trying to tailor things to two different guys and being able to have it all geared towards Trevor … I believe it’s going to lead to more consistency in the offense and in our quarterback play,” said OU coach Bob Stoops.
“I believe we’re much further along knowing exactly how we want the offense to work.”
Knight, a redshirt sophomore, was voted a team captain along with four seniors — offensive tackle Daryl Williams, defensive end Chuka Ndulue, cornerback Julian Wilson, kicker Michael Hunnicutt — and junior linebacker Eric Striker.
“I’ve just kind of stepped into that leadership role,” Knight said. “Maybe matured a little bit. I’ve got another year under my belt. I’m feeling more relaxed. I’m feeling more confident in the way things are going to go this first game, and that comes with it.
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