OU football: Trevor Knight will start at QB for Sooners vs. Kansas State

Blake Bell suffering from the effects of a concussion suffered early in the second quarter of Saturday's win over Iowa State.
by Ryan Aber Published: November 20, 2013


photo - Oklahoma's Trevor Knight (9) points to the fans after the 48-10 win over Iowa State during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Iowa State University Cyclones (ISU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Trevor Knight (9) points to the fans after the 48-10 win over Iowa State during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Iowa State University Cyclones (ISU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

“It can go one of two ways,” Knight said. “You can get stronger from it, or you can push each other apart. As a teammate and as a member of a team trying to reach a common goal, you've got to be there for the guy. I've got to be happy for him and then when my number's called, just try to make the most of it.”

Knight will now get that chance.

Jalen Saunders, who has been OU's leading receiver regardless of which quarterback was in, said Knight hasn't necessarily been practicing better than he was early when he won the job but that he was better equipped to perform in game situations.

“I guess you could say that,” Saunders said. “He's getting his feet wet a little bit now. He knows what to expect and what is expected of him. I think he's been doing a great job when he's been in.”

While Knight has struggled marginally more than Bell with his arm, there is no doubt which quarterback has been the most effective runner.

Knight is averaging 8.4 yards per carry. Bell is averaging just 3.4 on more than twice as many carries.

Bell, who rushed for 24 touchdowns on 104 carries during his redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons as a situational replacement for Landry Jones, hasn't scored on the ground in 75 carries this year.

Without Bell, and with Knight starting, redshirt sophomore Kendal Thompson, who played for the first time in the fourth quarter of the Iowa State game, will be elevated to backup.

Freshman Cody Thomas, who is redshirting but has traveled with the team this season, is expected to be the third-team quarterback if Knight and Thompson were to be injured.

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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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