NORMAN — To preview Oklahoma’s 2013 Big 12 Conference opener this evening against West Virginia, here is the second of three pregame blog posts you’ll get from Ryan Aber and I.
We’ve each picked one OU player who has something to prove tonight.
RYAN: Gabe Lynn, safety
It’s hard to say any OU defender played well in last season’s 50-49 Sooners win in Morgantown, so they all have something to prove in this one. But Lynn took as much heat as anyone for the Sooners late-season defensive collapse. Though some of that heat was earned, some wasn’t. Last week was a nice starting point for the OU defense but they’ve still got plenty to prove and nobody has more to prove than the senior from Jenks.
JASON: Trevor Knight, quarterback
Ryan touched on this in today’s first blog post, but I think Knight has a ton to prove against West Virginia regarding his passing ability.
Coaches have insisted that last week’s erratic throws weren’t indicative of what they’ve seen from the redshirt freshman in practice — and he definitely improved as the season opener against Louisiana-Monroe progressed — but I’m looking for Knight to open tonight’s game better than he did the season opener.
He was only 7 of 21 for 42 yards passing in the first half against the Warhawks, and finished 11 of 28 for 86 yards and three touchdowns.
It’s understandable that Knight would struggle with some basic stuff early on. It was his first real game action since high school, and he was playing in front of the giant OU home crowd for the first time.
Should Knight struggle early with his passing, I still don’t think the Mountaineers present too much of a threat to beat Oklahoma. But for his own mental well-being and comfort level, Knight needs a stronger start tonight through the air.