Trevor Knight began to impress his Oklahoma coaches and teammates early last season with his work running the scout team.
But Sooner defenders' praise of the freshman quarterback drastically increased after a month of Cotton Bowl preparations, when Knight played the role of Texas A&M superstar and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops spoke Monday about Knight's skills and what makes him a tough player to defend.
“He can make explosive plays, and that's the one thing you know about him: He can make a bad play a good play,” Stoops said. “He has that uncanny ability to make plays on his feet and he can make plays with his arm. He's very multidimensional. He brings a variety of different skills to the game. His ability to run away from you is no joke. He has legit speed.”
Asked if Knight's performance before the Cotton Bowl was when he began to realize how special he was, Stoops said he knew it before then.
“I coached him, so I oughta get most of the credit,” Stoops said with a laugh. “I coached him for a year, so I take a little bit of that pat on the back myself for getting him ready.”
HEUPEL ANXIOUS TO SEE KNIGHT
Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said Tuesday that while he's comfortable with what he knows about Knight, he's not sure until he sees Knight in action.
“You think you know what you have all the time,” Heupel said. “But when the lights come on and they get hit in the mouth and they have to distribute the ball in front of 85,000, when it doesn't go well, how do they respond? Certainly, you're going to find those things out about all your players, but your quarterback as well.”
Heupel wouldn't detail how much of the offense OU would show on Saturday or how different the offense would look.
“We'll see some of it on Saturday,” Heupel said.