Would Stoops pick Knight or stick with his habit of going with the more veteran quarterback?
When the Sooners went with Knight, a redshirt freshman, it got Warlick even more fired up. For Stoops to go with the young guy? He must really be something.
Not every Sooner fan is as enthused by the selection of Knight.
“Honestly, the decision did not change my feeling on the season,” season ticket holder Lucas Hinshaw said. “Both quarterbacks are untested.”
True enough. And still, the Yukon resident couldn't help but getting excited as he talked about Knight.
“I think Trevor Knight brings that ‘it' factor that everyone talks about,” he said. “He could be a gamer.”
Maybe Sooner fans thought the same things about Bell — he became a favorite because of The Belldozer — but you sure didn't hear buzz about him like we've heard about Knight.
Knight has given the Sooner Nation hope.
Stephen McMurtrey feels it. Even though he doesn't believe Knight transforms the Sooners into a national championship contender this season, he believes the quarterback could help lead the program back to prominence.
“If he plays really well,” McMurtrey said, “I think he could be the guy that could take us to that level in the next year or two.”
And so the McMurtreys decided to travel from Kiefer to Norman on Saturday to see the future.
They've got tickets in the northeast corner of the stadium. They'll be close enough to get a good look at the Sooner Schooner and the marching band, but more than anything, they'll be watching the new quarterback.
So will everyone in Soonerville.
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Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight isn't the only player in college football making a much anticipated debut this weekend. Here's a look at three other newbies who have fans buzzing.
* Dontre Wilson, RB, Ohio State: Buckeye coach Urban Meyer has raved about the true freshman, saying he has “electric speed”. And playing alongside Braxton Miller in Ohio State's spread offense, Wilson should have plenty of space to show what he's got.
Check him out: 11 a.m. Saturday vs. Buffalo, ESPN2
* Kelvin Taylor, RB, Florida: The true freshman is the son of Fred Taylor, a former Gator who spent 13 seasons in NFL. With the loss of starting running back Matt Jones, the Gators need playmakers, so Taylor should get every opportunity to make an early impression.
Check him out: 11:21 a.m. Saturday vs. Toledo, ESPN3.com
* Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State: The redshirt freshman is big, 6-foot-4 and 227 pounds. He's got a strong arm. He's got athletic moves. No wonder he's been compared with Cam Newton.
Check him out: 7 p.m. Monday at Pittsburgh, ESPN