NORMAN — Eight months after subpar spring game performances, Jason White and Sam Bradford won the 2003 and 2008 Heisman Trophies, respectively.
So Oklahoma fans concerned after Trevor Knight’s showing in Saturday’s Red-White Game probably should take a deep breath.
This isn’t anything new for Bob Stoops-era Sooner quarterbacks.
“The disadvantage for the offense is always the case, with the defense so familiar with them,” Stoops said after Saturday’s scrimmage.
The Sooners wrapped up spring practices Tuesday, and now get a little time off before summer workouts, and then fall camp. Oklahoma opens its 2014 season Aug. 30 at home against Louisiana Tech.
Knight enters the season with sky-high expectations following his Sugar Bowl MVP performance in Oklahoma’s upset of two-time defending national champion Alabama, but in his two public outings since then, he hasn’t looked terribly impressive.
The Sooners opened a portion of last Thursday’s practice for students, and Knight’s first pass was intercepted by Dakota Austin.
Two days later, Knight completed only 5 of 14 passes for 53 yards and an interception in the Red-White Game.
“After 14 practices you kind of get a feel for what the other side of the ball is doing,” Knight said. “The name of the game is execution. You can tell them what you’re doing, but you still have to execute. We have to be sharper on those kinds of things, but I feel like we did a decent job in some areas.”
Eleven springs ago, Jason White was returning from a second consecutive ACL tear and competing with Brent Rawls to be the Sooners’ starting quarterback in 2003.