Oklahoma football: What were the Sooners thinking naming Trevor Knight the starter?

OU FOOTBALL — Trevor Knight outshined Blake Bell in the preseason to win the starting QB job. But did OU decide on an offense or the quarterback?
by Jason Kersey Published: September 17, 2013

NORMAN — With Blake Bell behind center last weekend, Oklahoma's offense was clearly more effective and efficient than it was in the Sooners' first two games.

Bell completed more than 70 percent of his pass attempts, threw for 413 yards and tossed four touchdown passes. Oklahoma scored 51 points, doubling its combined scoring from wins over Louisiana-Monroe and West Virginia.

So how exactly did Trevor Knight outshine Bell and win the Sooners' starting quarterback position in the preseason?

Did the redshirt freshman buckle under the pressure of live game action? Could coaches really get a good feel for Knight's big-play ability when he's wearing a blue jersey and can't be hit in practice? Is Bell just a “gamer” who doesn't practice well but kicks it up a notch in games?

Whatever it was, Bob Stoops adamantly denied Monday that his staff picked an offense, not a quarterback.

“No truth to that whatsoever,” Stoops said.

Oklahoma's offense, though, looked entirely different against Tulsa than it did with Knight running the show. There were fewer read-option plays and many more snaps out of formations with four wide receivers.

“We would have been in four wides with Trevor in the game, too,” Stoops said. “First of all, defenses are different. … We can pick and choose when we want to be this, when we want to be that. That's all part of game planning. As we've gone through the entire spring and summer, there isn't an offense for one guy and an offense for another guy.”

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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