NORMAN — Thomas Lott and Trevor Knight have a lot in common.
Both grew up in the Alamo's shadow. Both became Oklahoma's starting quarterback in their second year on campus, the season after a longtime, record setting field general's eligibility ran out. Both were flashy playmakers with their feet and won the job over more-experienced juniors.
Coach Bob Stoops announced last week that Knight, a redshirt freshman from San Antonio's Ronald Reagan High, will start the Sooners' season opener Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe on Owen Field. Lott, Oklahoma's starting quarterback from 1976-78, is thrilled a San Antonio native will command the OU offense for the second time ever.
“I'm always pulling for a home boy, and that's one of my home boys,” said Lott, who signed with OU in 1975 out of San Antonio's John Jay High.
There are a few differences between their narratives, of course. Knight replaces four-year starter Landry Jones, while Lott became the starter after three seasons with Steve Davis at the helm.
“Steve had won two national championships,” Lott said with a laugh. “I'd say that's a little bit of a different situation than what he's going into. … But you have to be focused on what you need to accomplish and what you need to learn, and not try to be like someone else.”