Trevor Knight Injury: Updates on Oklahoma QB's Knee, Likely Return Date
Many observers were shocked when Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops chose Trevor Knight over Blake Bell as his starting quarterback this season, but the Sooners were forced to turn to their backup against Tulsa on Saturday, Sep. 14.
On Monday Sept. 23, Knight officially returned to practice.
According to Carey Murdock of SoonerScoop.com, Knight will miss Saturday's contest due to sprained knee ligaments.
Sources tell http://t.co/n4DxeJWe4l QB Trevor Knight will miss OU's game with Tulsa due to sprained knee ligaments.— Carey Murdock (@CareyWWLS) September 9, 2013
Suzanne Halliburton of the Austin American-Statesman later confirmed that Knight would miss at least one game and passed along a statement from head coach Bob Stoops:
OU QB Trevor Knight will miss one week to two with knee bruise. Stoops said Blake Bell will start.— Suzanne Halliburton (@suzhalliburton) September 9, 2013
Bob Stoops, even without injury to Trevor Knight, said Sooners "needed to do something different."— Suzanne Halliburton (@suzhalliburton) September 9, 2013
The freshman struggled on Saturday against the West Virginia Mountaineers, and he was pulled from the game after throwing two interceptions in the third quarter. Bell stepped in, and the No. 14 Sooners were able to hold off West Virginia by a 16-7 score.
Apparently Knight's benching had to do with more than just poor performance, though. According to Jason Kersey of NewsOK.com, Knight's mother, Tricia Knight, posted a Facebook status from a hospital in Oklahoma City that said, "Praying no damage to Trevor’s knee.”
The injury in question may have occurred late in the first half of Saturday's tilt as Knight was hit hard in the legs on an option play while trying to score deep in West Virginia territory. While Knight was allowed to reenter the game, he clearly wasn't moving with as much fluidity and explosiveness as usual.
It remains to be seen how long Knight could potentially be out, but a knee injury is troublesome for a running quarterback like Knight. If Bell plays effectively in his absence, then Knight could very well be relegated to a backup role when he does come back.
Despite Oklahoma winning its first two games of the season, Knight didn't exactly set the world on fire. In nearly seven quarters of play, Knight completed less than 44 percent of his passes for 205 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. He also rushed for 145 yards, though, so he did provide a dual threat at the position.
Bell is capable of beating teams with his arm and his legs as well, however, and he has a durable frame at 6'6" and 252 lbs., so it's entirely possible that Stoops will stick with the big man based on the notion that he can absorb more punishment than the diminutive Knight.
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