Knight, a San Antonio native, emerged from a tough, long quarterback derby with Bell and sophomore Kendal Thompson that began last January after four-year starter Landry Jones' eligibility ran out.
Bell was the odds-on favorite to win the spot because he'd been Jones' primary backup in 2012, and had gained valuable game experience working in the popular short-yardage “Belldozer” package.
By all accounts, Thompson had an impressive spring and, for a time, appeared to present the biggest challenge to Bell. But the Southmoore product broke his foot on the first day of fall camp.
Knight impressed coaches throughout fall practices with his big-play ability and athleticism, which seemed like a perfect fit for Oklahoma's new pistol, zone-read offense. A little more than a week before OU's season opener against Louisiana-Monroe, Stoops named Knight his starter.
Knight struggled some with his passes in the Sooners' opener, but wowed fans with a 100-yard rushing game. Stoops always insisted that the competition was ongoing, but also made clear that he wouldn't make any impulsive changes based on a few early mistakes.
Stoops said Thompson might be able to return to action after the Sooners' bye the weekend of Sept. 21, and didn't rule him out of the position battle when he's healthy again.
No one will know the full extent of Knight's knee injury, his status moving forward or who will start next weekend's home game against Tulsa until at least Monday when Stoops speaks to reporters.
But — because of injury, ineffectiveness or some combination of both — one thing is now abundantly clear: Oklahoma's quarterback derby is back on.