As it turns out, the report was absolutely correct.
Immediately following practice Thursday evening, head coach Bob Stoops announced that the redshirt freshman had beaten out the “favorite” Bell to win the Sooners’ starting quarterback job. Knight will get his first collegiate start — hell, his first collegiate game action — in the opener next week against Louisiana-Monroe.
“Both competed hard and both will be ready to play,” Stoops said. “Like every other position on our team, I expect them both to continue competing for the starting job.”
Knight was a four-star member of OU’s 2012 recruiting class, rated as the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the country. He redshirted as a true freshman.
Bell served as Jones’ primary backup the past two seasons, and had been expected to ascend to the starting job. The past two years, Bell had rushed for 24 touchdowns in the “Belldozer package” — and attempted just 20 passes.
We can expect that package to still play a prominent role in the Sooners’ offense.