NORMAN — After its 45-31 Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama, Oklahoma is considered by many to be a legitimate national championship contender in 2014.
Much of the reason for all the optimism surrounding OU is sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight, whose MVP performance helped lift the Sooners past the mighty Crimson Tide.
Knight spoke with The Oklahoman recently about a variety of topics, including the Sugar Bowl afterglow, OU’s running back situation and the expectations for next season.
Q: How have things been in your world since the Sugar Bowl?
A: “It’s been awesome. I’ve enjoyed it. I enjoyed playing well. You’ve gotta enjoy playing well. We’ve gotta carry that over into the offseason and into next year. Now we’ve got a target on our backs. Beforehand, we were fighting the underdog story. Now we’ve got a target on our backs. We’ve gotta ride that every day and just know that we’ve gotta work our hardest every day to stay on top.”
Are you concerned about the running back position considering all the players you lost there?
“No, not at all. We’ve got a great group of guys coming in. The young guys have been doing a great job. You can’t replace a Brennan Clay or Roy Finch or Damien Williams. They’re great players, and you hate to see them go, but you love to see the new guys step up into that role and see what they can do.”
What do you like about running back Keith Ford?
“He works really hard. He’s got a hard nose when he runs the ball, obviously, very physical. He comes to work every single day and tries to be the best player he possibly can.”
What are the expectations for next season?
“At a school like Oklahoma, the national championship is always your goal, and anything less is kind of a disappointment. We’re chasing that. We’ve just gotta work as hard as we can every single day and take one day at a time.”