After impressing coaches and teammates as the scout-team quarterback during his first season, redshirt freshman Trevor Knight enters this season in competition with Blake Bell for the starting job.
Knight spoke with reporters about Kendal Thompson's injury, his possible role in the offense next season, and his progression this summer.
Q: How have your reps changed since Kendal (Thompson) went down?
A: “Obviously we get a few more reps having one less guy, but still splitting everything up right now.
It's never good to have a guy like that go down. People say it helps you out, but no it doesn't because you like competing against a guy like that. He's a real good guy to be around. It's a tough loss, but he'll be back soon.”
Did you talk to him after surgery or before he went in?
“We talked to him the next day. He had high spirits and he's already watched the practice film from that day, so he's still doing good things.”
If Blake wins the job, do you feel you have the skill set to come in and do some of the things Blake did with just being a runner, sort of a “wildcat” situation?
“As a competitor, you always feel like you can contribute. I'll leave that up to the coaching staff to decide whatever they want to do there. But absolutely, I feel like I can be on the field some way so we'll see what happens.”
We got to see you in the spring game, and you put up good numbers, but where do you feel you are now compared to when you finished that game?
“I'm getting better every single day. Working hard, getting in the film room. You can never be good enough. I feel like I've come a long way this summer, and hitting fall camp feeling good.”
Do you feel like there are any receivers you've developed a really good relationship with?
“All those guys. It's kind of helped out this summer with us splitting reps where we get to throw to every different receiver out there. It's really helped getting on the same page with all the guys, not just a select few.”
Is there any one particular thing you want to work on this camp?
“Not making as many mistakes, and cleaning things up, all that good stuff. Just like any other quarterback in the nation, you want to be the most efficient guy you can be and get the ball in your playmakers hands.”