NORMAN — Bob Stoops says Trevor Knight isn’t the man yet.
Knight’s teammates, though, say otherwise.
“He’s the guy now,” tight end Trevor McNamara said. “Everybody knows it. He knows it. He’s doing a great job of taking that leadership role and running with it. He has everybody’s respect in the locker room. He’s the guy we look to.”
While the Sugar Bowl defined Knight’s on-the-field success last year, a moment much earlier in the season set the stage for teammates to talk about Knight the way McNamara did.
Knight started against West Virginia and struggled. He threw for just 119 yards, throwing a pair of third-quarter interceptions before being injured and giving way to Blake Bell.
Bell went on to lead the Sooners to a 16-7 win.
After Bell finished speaking with the media, Knight came over to Bell’s locker and embraced the player who just unseated him as OU’s quarterback.
No matter how things are going for him personally or how things are going for the team, Knight’s demeanor stays the same — positive and supportive.
Running back Keith Ford has been around Knight a lot over the last 15 months. He’s yet to see Knight yell out of frustration.
“If you’re asking me if I’ve ever seen him get angry, not at all,” Ford said. “He’s just a leader. He leads his team and that’s what quarterbacks do.
“He’s a very good person. I’ve never seen him angry. I don’t know if he has that side or if he has it in him.”
Knight is competitive, for sure, but he doesn’t let that get in the way of being supportive and being a leader.
That, Knight said, has helped him keep an even keel through the struggles of last regular season and in the aftermath of his Sugar Bowl coming out party.
“I think they would say I’m the same guy every day,” Knight said, referring to his teammates. “A fun guy who likes to have a good time. But when it’s time to get it done, I’m pretty serious.”
No. Name Height Weight Class
9 Trevor Knight 6-1 201 So.
Knight had an up-and-down freshman year. He was in and out of the starting lineup, but his Sugar Bowl performance raised the expectations for his second year sky high.
14 Cody Thomas 6-4 211 RFr.
Thomas’ arm strength might be the best of the bunch. He still plays baseball for the Sooners, but Thomas has made football his priority in Norman.
4 Justice Hansen 6-3 204 Fr.
Hansen enrolled in January to get a head start on competing for playing time and is going toe-to-toe with Thomas to backup Knight this season, assuming Baker Mayfield is forced to sit.
6 Baker Mayfield 6-2 209 So.
Mayfield is likely to be the backup if the NCAA approves his petition for immediate eligibility after he transferred from Texas Tech.