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Report: Trevor Knight, not Blake Bell, to be Sooners’ starting QB

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Expected to name a starter at some point this week, Bob Stoops could add a surprising twist to Oklahoma’s quarterback situation upon revealing his decision.  Reportedly.

During a news broadcast Monday night, KFOR-TV‘s Bob Barry Jr. reported that Trevor Knight (pictured, No. 9has won OU’s quarterback competition and will be under center when OU takes the field against Louisiana-Monroe a week from Saturday.  It’s long been expected that Blake Bell (pictured, No. 10), OU’s No. 2 quarterback the past two seasons, would take over for Landry Jones.

Barry’s sources, however, insist that Knight “has won the quarterback battle” and “will get the call in the opener.”  Here’s the transcript of Barry’s report, courtesy of The Daily Oklahoman:

Multiple sources have told me in the last two days, San Antonio, Texas, redshirt freshman Trevor Knight has won the quarterback battle at OU in a spirited competition against junior Blake Bell. Trevor is a 6-1, 202-pounder, who, according to those who act like they know, has been the most consistent player during the spring and summer, the smartest guy and more athletic than we know. And that’s why he’ll get the call when the Sooners line up against Louisiana-Monroe a week from Saturday. Of course nothing is official until head coach Bob Stoops says it is.

The paper, however, disputed the notion that the competition has ended and that the redshirt freshman won the starting job. “[T]wo sources with knowledge of the position battle told me early Tuesday morning that nothing had been decided,” Jason Kersey of the Oklahoman wrote.

The only irrefutable information in Barry’s report is that nothing is official until Stoops says it is.  Despite what’s being reported, it would still serve as more than a mild surprise if anyone other than Bell lines up under center for the Sooners in the opener.

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6 Responses to “Report: Trevor Knight, not Blake Bell, to be Sooners’ starting QB”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 20, 2013 2:15 PM

    Bell seems like a good red zone threat but we’ve never REALLY seen him throw… A&Ms defense is not exactly on par with other SEC defenses and we basically shut him out. I know he owned the Horns defense last year… but honestly… who didn’t.

  2. gopokes0714 says: Aug 20, 2013 3:34 PM

    I feel like Bell was never as good as OU would have liked everyone to believe. The guy can fall forward against the smaller LB of the Big 12 like nobody’s business, but his arm and mental ability has never really been tested.

    For a freshman to start over the incumbent junior, then the gap has to be pretty wide. If it was close then you would trust the guy that has been in the system for 3 years.

    What is really telling, is the ‘QB battle’ was between Blake Bell and Kendall Thompson, then Thompson got injured (just last week), which would solidify Bell as the starter. But that didn’t happen. All of a sudden it was a battle between Bell and Knight. IMO that shows that the coaches just don’t trust Bell to be the guy.

    The word from people in camp is Bell has been making several mistakes, and Knight hasn’t.

    From what I gather, Bell has a hard time reading defenses and going through the progression, which leads to the mistakes.

  3. tgaustin says: Aug 20, 2013 3:55 PM

    Hey 8,
    It’s like the way the Horn’s OWNED the Ag’s over the years right? 75-37-5. Permanent scoreboard! Enjoy the Sh!tshow your team has to endure this year. Uncle Nate for Prez.

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 20, 2013 5:17 PM


    Man I wanted the Horns SOOOOO Bad in the Cotton Bowl. I know OU was the better team and it’s great that we crushed a team that crushed the tsips but man how I would have loved to see Johnny Football eat their lunch and then bone their girlfriends.

  5. mogogo1 says: Aug 20, 2013 6:55 PM

    Remember that article not long back where they had Bell ranked in the top 5 for the Heisman next year? Hard to win the big award as a backup…

    Wow, would Knight winning the job throw all the Sooner fans for a loop who resented Landry Jones all last year because they were so totally convinced Bell was far superior.

  6. hazegrey52 says: Aug 21, 2013 6:04 PM

    Wow, would Knight winning the job throw all the Sooner fans for a loop who resented Landry Jones all last year because they were so totally convinced Bell was far superior.

    Most Sooner fans were simply getting tired of watching a 5th year senior making freshman mistakes over and over again.

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