White, of course, won the job, the Heisman Trophy and led OU to an appearance in the BCS national championship game, while Rawls never took a collegiate snap. He transferred to Louisiana Tech in September 2003 but never played there.
Five years after that, Bradford completed just 12 of 25 passes for 191 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in the 2008 spring game, but, like White, won that year’s Heisman Trophy and led the Sooners to a national-title game appearance.
That year, though, Bradford was the unquestioned starting quarterback regardless of a rough spring-game outing. He’d started every game the season before, leading OU to the 2007 Big 12 title.
Similarly, Knight isn’t in any danger of losing his job. The only quarterback who played significantly better than him Saturday was Texas Tech transfer Baker Mayfield, who is ineligible in 2014 and spent most of the afternoon playing against backup defenders.
“He’s by no means a finished product,” said OU offensive coordinator Josh Heupel. “The great thing about him is he’s going to come to work tomorrow and keep pushing himself to get better.”