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Can Former Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight Be the Savior That Texas A&M Needs?

Texas A&M QB Trevor Knight
Texas A&M QB Trevor KnightSue Ogrocki/Associated Press
Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterJanuary 5, 2016

After weeks of speculation, Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin may have found his 2016 starting quarterback.

Former Oklahoma signal-caller Trevor Knight—the same man who toppled Alabama in the 2014 Sugar Bowl following the 2013 season—will transfer to College Station and play immediately after graduating from Oklahoma in December.

"I appreciate the opportunity Coach Sumlin and his staff have afforded me, and I look forward to making my last year of eligibility a memorable one," Knight said in a statement emailed by Texas A&M. "I am thankful to [Oklahoma] Coach [Bob] Stoops and all of the people at OU for their help and support through the years."

Knight was the Sooners' starting quarterback for the final month of the 2013 season, and he led them to the Sugar Bowl win over the Crimson Tide, where he completed 32 of his 44 passes for 348 yards and four touchdowns in the 45-31 win.

Texas A&M QB Trevor Knight
Texas A&M QB Trevor KnightNati Harnik/Associated Press

He struggled in the 2014 season, though. He tossed 14 touchdowns and 12 picks, eventually lost his job to Baker Mayfield down the stretch and served as Mayfield's backup in 2015 during Oklahoma's run to the College Football Playoff.

"We are excited to welcome Trevor to the Aggie family," Sumlin said in the statement. "We look forward to him joining our team in January and know he will be a great representative of Texas A&M."

Is he the savior that Texas A&M needs after former 5-star prospects Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray transferred?

Yes, without a doubt.

Texas A&M QB Trevor Knight
Texas A&M QB Trevor KnightBrett Deering/Getty Images

That's not to say that Knight will come in and light up opposing defenses, lead Texas A&M to instant contention and save Sumlin's job. Some of that might not happen. Anybody who saw Oklahoma's game against TCU and Knight's 5-for-16 performance in place of an injured Mayfield knows that he might have lost whatever magic he had on that January night in the Superdome in January 2014.

But he's the best option out there, and he'll be a key addition for a team that will not only be entering 2016 under immense pressure, but will be going through an offensive coordinator change as well.

Jake Hubenak—who topped the 300-yard mark through the air in the Music City Bowl loss to Louisville—could still win the job, though.

But Knight is an experienced dual-threat quarterback and one of the best graduate transfer options out there. Having a guy like him around who knows the ropes, has gone through a coordinator change at an FBS school and has been named a team captain twice—including in 2015 when he wasn't even the starting quarterback—is huge for an Aggie team that needs leadership.

He was so highly thought of at Oklahoma that he represented the Sooners at Big 12 media days despite not being the starting quarterback.

Texas A&M QB Trevor Knight
Texas A&M QB Trevor KnightTony Gutierrez/Associated Press

Even if it's only through his leadership in the offseason and Knight doesn't win the job, his presence will benefit Texas A&M during its transition.

As Peter Burns of the SEC Network noted on Twitter, the Aggies essentially traded the high-maintenance Murray—who transferred to Oklahoma and must sit out—for Knight:

Don't get caught up in Knight's recent struggles.

Maybe he'll recapture the magic from 2013, or maybe he's bound to be a bust on the field.

Either way, he's a proven leader who commands respect and has experienced success and failure at the highest level of college football. 

He's exactly what the Aggies need right now, and he could be exactly what they need next fall if he clicks with Sumlin and the new offensive coordinator in College Station.

 

Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Statistics are courtesy of cfbstats.com, and recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports.

Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer and national college football video analyst for Bleacher Report as well as a host on Bleacher Report Radio on SiriusXM 83. Follow Barrett on Twitter @BarrettSallee.

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