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OU football notebook: Quarterbacks factor heavily in spring game scoring

The scoring system for the game will be based on the four quarterbacks — Trevor Knight, Cody Thomas, Justice Hansen and Baker Mayfield. Two will be wearing red and two white.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: April 11, 2014
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photo - Quarterbacks Cody Thomas, Trevor Knight and Justice Hansen go through drills as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) begin spring practice on Owen Field at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Quarterbacks Cody Thomas, Trevor Knight and Justice Hansen go through drills as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) begin spring practice on Owen Field at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

WOODS, KNIGHT REESTABLISHING CHEMISTRY

As true freshmen during the 2012 season, quarterback Trevor Knight and wide receiver Derrick Woods developed a great on-field relationship while playing on the scout team together.

Knight and Woods played together so well, in fact, that the duo were named co-Scout Team Players of the Year.

Knight became the Sooners’ starting quarterback in 2013 as a redshirt freshman, while Woods struggled to get much playing time behind an experienced group of wideouts that included Jalen Saunders, Lacoltan Bester, Jaz Reynolds and Sterling Shepard.

Woods did come up with a big catch from Knight in the Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama, though, and said he and Knight are working to rebuild that chemistry this spring.

“It took a minute to get us back warm, but we're gradually getting there, so hopefully by the season we're all the way back in twine,” Woods said.

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“Its a little bit maturity but it’s like somebody going into to take a trig class that doesn’t have any idea what trig is all about. I mean, you just don’t learn it in day one. You don’t learn it in Day 5 or Day 10. You’ve got to be in those practices, and you’ve got to study over and over and over. That’s what he’s been able to do. In the past, he’s helped us on scout team while we’ve had other players who were very solid and consistent. We didn’t need him at the time, but he’s shown us he can be a productive player, somebody that we can count on.”

Cale Gundy, Sooners running backs coach, on the progression of sophomore running back Alex Ross.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
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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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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