OU football: Bob Stoops said starting quarterback choice will be 'game-time decision'

Stoops said Trevor Knight, who started the regular season's final two games before suffering a shoulder injury against Oklahoma State, is practicing.
by Ryan Aber Published: December 16, 2013

NORMAN — Bob Stoops' answer to the inevitable quarterback question wasn't a surprise.

“That will be a game-time decision,” Stoops said Monday before the question even was finished being asked.

The decision won't, though, be made based on health, barring an injury moving forward.

Stoops said Trevor Knight, who started the regular season's final two games before being injured just before halftime of the Bedlam game, was back to practice over the weekend.

“He's moving around and doing well,” Stoops said. “A hundred percent, yeah.”

The Sooners haven't had stability at quarterback all season.

“We just like to keep you guys guessing at who we're going to put back (there),” Sooners center Gabe Ikard said.

Knight got the starting nod before injury and ineffectiveness helped Blake Bell become the starter for the third game.

Then Bell struggled at times late in the year before a concussion suffered against Iowa State led to Knight returning to the starting lineup for the final two games.

But it was Bell who led the Sooners to the comeback win against Oklahoma State after Knight was knocked out with a shoulder injury.

The Sooners haven't yet resumed typical practice, using the first few days of bowl practice to get an extended look at younger players and give the more experienced players a chance to recover from nagging injuries.

Once OU does begin preparations Thursday for the Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl against Alabama, several factors will go into determining which quarterback — Bell or Knight — will start against the Crimson Tide.

Stoops said the decision would be made not only based on which quarterback looked best in the two weeks of preparation before the bowl game but which quarterback fits best in the game plan against Alabama.

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by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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