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OU football: Trevor Knight developed leadership, determination in high school

Although Blake Bell remains the favorite to win OU's starting quarterback job, Knight hasn't let up, displaying toughness and drive throughout a competition many assumed would be over by now.
by Jason Kersey Published: August 11, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight answers a question during a news conference in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) ORG XMIT: OKSO110
Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight answers a question during a news conference in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) ORG XMIT: OKSO110

NORMAN — A couple nights before Oklahoma's spring game in April, Trevor Knight and his dad spoke by telephone for about an hour and a half.

The father and son talked about life, faith, football and, of course, the intense quarterback competition that raged on through spring practices — and still continues more than a week into fall camp.

Knight, a redshirt freshman, was the youngest and least experienced of Oklahoma's quarterback candidates, behind junior Blake Bell and sophomore Kendal Thompson, but that night, he told his dad the full story of his transition in high school from a timid underclassman to a staunch, uncompromising leader.

Thompson broke his foot the first day of fall camp, leaving a two-man battle. Although Bell remains the favorite, Knight hasn't let up, displaying toughness and drive throughout a competition many assumed would be over by now. The leadership he developed during a trying junior year at San Antonio's Ronald Reagan High School continues to shape him today.

When Knight was a high-school freshman, he was called up to the varsity squad for its playoff games. He noticed that after the team ran through its inflatable tunnel and onto the field in pregame, many upperclassmen huddled at midfield and shouted profanity about their opponent.

The language shook — and shocked — the very religious Knight, but he wasn't in any position to do anything about it.

He became the starting quarterback as a sophomore, but still didn't feel comfortable standing up to what he saw as ugly, unnecessary vitriol.

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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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