Share “Stoops picked the right guy to start”

by Jenni Carlson Modified: September 1, 2013 at 2:20 pm •  Published: September 1, 2013

/articleid/3878441/1/pictures/2197415">Photo - Oklahoma's Trevor Knight (9) drops back to pass during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Trevor Knight (9) drops back to pass during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry The Oklahoman

“Doing things that veteran quarterbacks do,” Sooner center Gabe Ikard said.

Heupel said, “When you play quarterback, you’re going to make some mistakes. I thought he bounced back and continued to play the next play.”

And eventually, Knight settled down. After halftime, he was 4 of 7 for 44 yards and two touchdowns. He finished the game with only 86 yards passing but had three passing touchdowns.

Many of the short throws that he misfired on early were solid late.

“I’m sure he’ll settle down and get smoother with some of his throws,” Sooner coach Bob Stoops said. “We see him make these throws over and over daily.”

Knight didn’t win the starting job in a day, and he certainly wasn’t going to lose it in a day. The Sooners have a chance to grow something really special in Knight. He could be a starter for three or four years, and if he continues to improve, he could become a force.

Yes, he didn’t have the debut that some were hoping. This wasn’t Sam Bradford, but this wasn’t Paul Thompson either.

I know Thompson became a solid quarterback, but in his debut, he was shaky enough to have to give way to Rhett Bomar. Thompson wouldn’t have played quarterback again had Bomar not been a knucklehead and gotten himself booted off the team.

Never once did Knight look incapable of being the Sooner quarterback.

He just looked a little bit off.

“I promise, he really throws the ball well,” Ikard said. “That’ll be better. He’ll be better next week.

“He’s only going to go up from there.”

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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