NORMAN — Oklahoma’s quarterback battle ended early Thursday evening with an outcome few saw coming as little as three weeks ago. Redshirt freshman Trevor Knight will start the season opener next Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe.
The announcement came following the Sooners’ practice Thursday afternoon. Knight won the job after a three-week competition with junior Blake Bell.
“Both Trevor and Blake have competed hard and both will be ready to play against Louisiana-Monroe,” Stoops said in a statement. “Like every other position on our team, I expect them both to continue competing for the starting job.”
Stoops said earlier this week OU wanted to get both quarterbacks prepared to start because the position will be heavily involved in the run game this season — a massive departure from the previous 14 years of OU football.
The coach also said there was never a plan in place for how the team would be informed of whom the starting quarterback would be. They could just figure it out by seeing who was getting the reps with the first team.
Two sources close to the program told The Transcript those first-team reps all went to Knight on Wednesday and Thursday, signaling a decision had been made.
All of the Sooners’ practices have been closed from the public. The last time they were in an open setting was April’s spring game. At that time, Bell, who has scored 24 touchdowns the last two seasons playing quarterback in short-yardage situations, appeared to have a massive lead in the derby with Knight and Kendal Thompson.
Thompson suffered a foot injury on the opening day of preseason practice and isn’t expected to return to the practice field until next month.
Apparently, Knight used the last three weeks to seize control of the race.
None of the Sooners’ quarterbacks or assistant coaches have spoken to reporters since Aug. 3. News about the quarterback competition was scarce.