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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

So when Knight returned for his junior year, he decided it was time to facilitate change. He stayed on the field after pregame warm-ups, waited for the team to arrive at midfield and led everyone in a pregame prayer.

“It caused some dissension in the ranks,” remembered his dad, George Knight. “I can remember seeing a few guys who would drag their feet and get to the prayer gathering about the time it ended.”

In addition to the locker-room unease, Reagan suffered a few injuries, resulting in a four-game losing streak to end the regular season that cost it a playoff spot.

“He had to really turn up the notch as a leader and really, the whole offseason, the whole summer strength and conditioning time, he became the guy,” said Reagan coach David Wetzel. “He could stand up in front of everybody. He started leading prayer, doing the talking, being the rallying, motivating guy.”

The same problems didn't exist Knight's senior year, when Reagan won its district title and finished with a 12-2 record.

On that April phone call, Trevor Knight told his dad, “When it came to the senior year and the guys were all in with me, and we were all on the same page, and we knew we had each others' backs, we could go up against anybody.”

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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