Trevor Knight Named Oklahoma Sooners Starting QB over Blake Bell

Tim KeeneyContributor IAugust 22, 2013

AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki (courtesy of the Kitsap Sun)
AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki (courtesy of the Kitsap Sun)

Redshirt freshman Trevor Knight will follow Landry Jones as the next No. 1 quarterback for the University of Oklahoma, beating out junior Blake Bell. 

ESPN's Brandon Chatmon has the news:

Eight months later, coach Bob Stoops announced (Trevor) Knight would be Oklahoma's starting quarterback.

The redshirt freshman from San Antonio beat out (Blake) Bell, a junior, and will face Louisiana-Monroe on Aug. 31 in his first collegiate start.

In terms of collegiate experience, this is a somewhat surprising decision, though the writing has been on the wall for a little while now. 

In two seasons in Norman, Bell has established himself as something of a local legend. He has only completed half of his 20 pass attempts for 115 yards and an interception, but his towering 6'6", 252-pound frame makes him a true threat in short-yardage situations (a role he should still keep). He has compiled 372 rushing yards and a staggering 24 touchdowns on 104 attempts during his short career. 

His nickname says it all: The Belldozer.

Nevertheless, while everyone sort of assumed the guy with the experience would succeed Jones, Knight, a 4-star recruit who began building buzz as a redshirt last season, simply forced Stoops' hand.

The 6'1", 201-pound (per ESPN) youngster has a unique skill set, showing an impressive throwing accuracy—something Bell hasn't showcasedas well as the ability to make plays with his quickness. 

With Oklahoma entering the season at No. 16 in the country, its worst such preseason ranking since 2000, there will be lots of pressure on Knight. But if the preseason rave reviews are any indication, this is a kid capable of leading Oklahoma to its fourth straight double-digit-win season. 

Either way, this will be a compelling story to watch, as quarterback isn't typically a position with many question marks in Norman.