NORMAN — On his first collegiate touchdown pass, Trevor Knight wasn't the first Sooner to celebrate with Jalen Saunders but he wasn't far behind.
Early in the second quarter of Saturday's 34-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe, the redshirt freshman connected with Saunders for a 12-yard touchdown pass.
Lacoltan Bester met with Saunders first, then Knight was the next person there, out-jumping Saunders as the two celebrated.
It was another indication about the difference between this year's team and the Sooners of recent memory.
Landry Jones celebrated touchdowns and other big plays, to be sure, but not with the same emotion as Knight.
Jones' typical celebration was a pair of fingers raised to the sky. Knight's appears to be jumping higher than his receivers.
Sooners coach Bob Stoops downplayed the differences.
“They're all different, of course. Landry is different than Sam (Bradford); Sam is different from Jason (White); Jason is different from Josh (Heupel),” Stoops said. “None of them are the same, but they're all good.”
Knight might not be doing any more jumps, though.
Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a similar celebration in the Bulldogs' loss to Clemson on Saturday. Mitchell was jumping into running back Todd Gurley, who had just scored.
That led to Stoops having a conversation with his players earlier this week.
“I told my guys if you're gonna chest-bump, go up about that high,” Stoops said, motioning low. “Just barely get off the ground. I told them Monday when we broke the thing, just go up about that much.”
Stoops said he expected his players to be mindful of the injury potential moving forward.
“I've seen it over and over. It's crazy. I said, ‘Why would you make yourself susceptible to hurting something?'” Stoops said. “I don't like it. Man, just stay on the ground. You come down awkward and the grass or turf can grab. It doesn't take much, obviously.”
Sooners center Gabe Ikard wasn't in with Knight on the post-touchdown celebration.
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