Norman, OK, United States (4E Sports) – Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops has picked redshirt freshman Trevor Knight over junior Blake Bell as the team’s starting quarterback.
Knight will start at quarterback for the 2013 season opener against Louisiana-Monroe on Aug. 31.
“Both Trevor and Blake (Bell) have competed hard and both will be ready to play against Louisiana-Monroe,” Stoops said. “Like every other position on our team, I expect them both to continue competing for the starting job.”
A four-star recruit out of Reagan High School in San Antonio, Texas, Knight threw for 27 touchdowns and 2,092 yards with three interceptions as a prep senior while also rushing for 943 yards with 15 touchdowns.
Knight also registered 1,050 rushing yards with 22 touchdowns to go along with 1,629 passing yards and 11 scores as a junior.
Sophomore Kendal Thompson was also in the competition, but a foot injury during the Sooners’ first practice knocked him out of the mix.
Stoops’ announcement came as a surprise as Bell, who already has made a name for himself as the “Belldozer”, was the overwhelming favorite to take the job. He has rushed for 24 touchdowns during his first two seasons at Oklahoma.
However, Knight convinced the Sooners’ coaching staff to hand him the job with a strong preseason camp.
“I can go out and play and not be all timid,” Knight said. “I was a little tentative during the spring, just getting into it, learning a bit. I just need to go out, have fun and play.”