NEW ORLEANS — Trevor Knight's favorite part of a game is not when his Sooner offense scores a touchdown. In fact, Knight gets a charge when the other team scores.
That means OU's kickoff return team is headed on the field. That means Connor Knight is in on the action.
“It's a dream come true,” Trevor Knight said. “To see him playing a little bit on special teams, it's the best part of the game for me.”
Blood is thick. Twins are thicker.
The Knight twins came to OU 18 months ago, one with a scholarship, one without. One is a household name throughout the state, one is not. One is a cornerstone of the Sooner future, the other is not.
But the Knights wouldn't think of attending college apart. When the recruiters came to San Antonio, chasing Trevor, and didn't flock to Connor, didn't matter. The brothers said they would go to school together. If Trevor chose Texas A&M, they'd both go to A&M. If Trevor chose OU, they'd both go to OU.
And now both are in New Orleans, prepping for the Sooners' Sugar Bowl against Alabama on Thursday.
Connor helps Trevor. Trevor helps Connor.
“Just having him there for me, through the ups and downs, it's been great,” Trevor said. “Knowing you have someone, run off the sideline and here's there for you, going to give you encouragement no matter what.
“Always having that backbone, somebody to turn to. Lot of these guys don't have family up here. Just to have that person you've known forever, that knows the ins and outs of you, it's nice.”
And Trevor encourages Connor, who as a walk-on tight end on a team loathe to play tight ends faces an uphill climb for playing time.
“He always pushes me,” Connor said. “He's a freak in the weight room, workouts and stuff. I always want to do just as good as he does. He really pushes me, encourages me. He'll come up, ‘you need to do that better, good job,' so on.”
Bob Stoops notices the magnetism. Notices that the Knights are drawn to each other by something almost cosmic. Stoops, the father of teenage twins, knows it when he sees it.
“The bond that's there, it's like no other,” Stoops said. “You see 'em pal around or walking out to practice together, just listening to 'em, they're trying to gravitate or do their own thing but they always end up little by little, gravitating back together, for the support they give one another. It's really special.
“I've got twins, and since the day they were born, they're next to each other, touching each other in the crib and on and on. Unless you're one, I don't know that you can know how tight that bond really is.”
Trevor was born a minute before Connor. They are not identical. At least not physically. Connor is bigger. Trevor is more athletic.
Connor long has been about 1 1/2 inches taller and 20 pounds heavier. Connor was the post man, Trevor the point guard. Connor the catcher, Trevor the shortstop. Connor the tight end, Trevor the quarterback.
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