OU football notebook: Sooners coaches never considered playing quarterback Trevor Knight

by Ryan Aber Published: October 12, 2013

Texas has spent most of this season struggling to defend running quarterbacks, and especially speedy ones like Sooner backup Trevor Knight.

OU didn't dial up many designed quarterback runs in Saturday's 36-20 loss to the Longhorns, and Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said he never considered inserting Knight into the game to catch Texas off guard or change the pace of the game.

Knight rushed for over 100 yards as the starting quarterback in the season opener against Louisiana-Monroe, but struggled throwing the ball, causing him to eventually be replaced by junior Blake Bell.

Despite Bell's mobility, he recorded only seven carries for minus-27 yards. Much of the negative yardage came on sacks, but Bell only gained eight yards on his limited rushes.

“I'm here … as a quarterback you're gonna run the offense and whatever is called,” Bell said. “Coach Heupel and Coach (Jay) Norvell call the plays. Whatever they call, is what we're gonna run and execute as best we can.”

HEAT TAKES ITS TOLL

Although rain was initially in the forecast Saturday, the day turned into a hot and humid day, with highs just below 90.

The Sooners, especially defensively, struggled with the surprisingly muggy mid-October conditions.

“It's a drive, you get a little tired,” linebacker Eric Striker said. “I'm not going to say I didn't. I got a little tired.

Freshman linebacker Dominique Alexander said it wasn't an issue.

“The heat wasn't a factor today,” Alexander said. “We don't have any excuses.”

BIG PLAYS HURT SOONERS

The Sooners had given up a few big plays this season before Saturday's game against Texas, including a 75-yard run by West Virginia's Dreamius Smith and an 80-yard score by Notre Dame's George Atkinson.

But the Sooners had given up just 12 plays of 10 or more yards in their first five games.

The Longhorns had 10 Saturday, including five for 20 or more yards. OU had given up just four plays of 20 or more yards before the loss.

“Nothing was good today, for whatever reason,” Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “We just weren't on.”

STRIKER: ‘I DESERVED IT'

It didn't end up hurting the Sooners much, but linebacker Eric Striker was flagged for roughing the passer after drilling Case McCoy just as he released the ball late in the first quarter.


by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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