In a mild surprise, Blake Bell did not win the job.
Surprise, surprise. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has picked his starting quarterback. And it isn’t the passer most expected to win the job after spring practice. Redshirt freshman Trevor Knight was selected as the Sooners’ No. 1 quarterback, edging junior Blake Bell this fall.
Bell was widely considered the frontrunner to replace Landry Jones, especially since he played in a specialty role in the offense over the last two years. Bell recorded 24 rushing scores from 2011-12 but threw only 20 passes during that span.
Although Bell showed he is a good runner, there were doubts about his passing ability.
Bell is expected to continue playing in a specialty role, which will give Oklahoma a dangerous threat around the goal-line once again.
What does Knight bring to the table? Since he hasn’t taken a snap, the redshirt freshman is largely a mystery. However, Knight was rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and helped Oklahoma’s defense plan for Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel by imitating the Heisman winner on the scout team.
Knight has good mobility, but even though the media hasn’t had much of a chance to watch him in practice, the redshirt freshman is regarded for having a good arm and is capable of making all of the throws to thrive in this offense.
Oklahoma should be a factor in the Big 12 title picture. And if Knight ends up being a special player as some think he may turn out to be this year, the Sooners could finish the year as a top-10 team. However, as with every first-year starting quarterback, there will be bumps in the road.