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August 23, 2013

QB race over; now the real pressure begins

NORMAN — Bully for Bob.

It couldn’t have been easy, but it must have been apparent, and that’s probably the first thing the entirety of the Sooner Nation might want to think about today.

Whether they’re excited about Trevor Knight being named Oklahoma’s next starting quarterback, because who doesn’t want a four-year starter as long as he earns his keep throughout, or depressed for Blake Bell, thinking of all the jams he got Landry Jones out of on third-and-2 and fourth-and-1 the last two seasons, they have to know Knight got there honestly.

Because there can be no doubt that a tie went to Blake Bell. There can be no doubt that, even if the decision was easy, it had to be hard to announce. And there can be no doubt that the pressure is really on.

Think about it.

Young team. A defense that couldn’t stop a strong offense last season and isn’t returning a whole lot, and an offense that includes Jalen Saunders and not one other worldbeater so far as we know (even if the sports editor of this newspaper thinks Roy Finch might have an out-of-nowhere season in him) … and Bob Stoops goes out on a limb with a redshirt freshman quarterback?

At once, it’s a change of course from past battles, when previous QB contests always delivered the old guy over the young guy in time for the season opener. 

Yet, at the same time, it’s not that unusual. Other redshirt freshman quarterbacks at OU have included Rhett Bomar, who started every game but the season opener in 2005, Sam Bradford, and we know how that went, and Landry Jones, and we know how that went (like a Rorschach test, the Sooner Nation edition).

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