NORMAN, Okla. - In a move that few foresaw at last season's end, the Oklahoma Sooners have named newcomer Trevor Knight -- not Blake Bell -- as at least the temporary successor to longtime starting quarterback Landry Jones.
The news came about in a three-paragraph brief posted to soonersports.com late Thursday afternoon, a University of Oklahoma website centered around the school's athletics.
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But while Stoops did give the initial nod to Knight, he didn't close the door for further competition between the redshirt freshman and the "Belldozer."
Both Trevor and Blake [Bell] have competed hard and both will be ready to play against Lousiana-Monroe," Stoops told the site. "Like every other position on our team, I expect them both to continue competing for the starting job."
Most analysts expected Bell, a fan favorite with a Tim Tebow-like running style, to win the job out of camp after another productive year at the goal line. Bell, at 6 feet 6 inches and 252 pounds, rumbled into the endzone 13 times for the Sooners in 2012, two more times he did the year before.
The knock on the junior, however, has never been his feet, but his throwing ability. After only recording 20 passes for the team in his first two seasons, some fans have expressed a naturally anxiety about the quarterback's prospects as a successful starter.
Further muddling the picture was Knight, the four-star recruit out of San Antonio, Texas who impressed during OU's red-white spring game, going 11 of 17 for 151 yards and a touchdown. Knight, a mobile quarterback himself, averaged just under 1,000 yards rushing during his junior and senior high school seasons.
OU's first game is scheduled for Aug. 31 (http://bit.ly/Soonersched) in Norman against Louisiana-Monroe.