He’ll have an entire week to prepare to face Kansas State if that’s the direction the Sooners decide to go. The one thing that OU offensive coordinator Josh Heupel showed was a better understanding of how to best utilize Knight’s ability.
“We didn’t execute the way were capable of,” Heupel said of the offense in Knight’s two early starts. “You look at what we did against West Virginia running the football, and we had a pretty productive day. We just weren’t productive throwing and we didn’t take care of the football the last time you guys really saw him play a major part. That happens to young guys. I believe it is something that will get better.”
The ability to consistently complete passes will ultimately decide whether Knight can be OU’s starting quarterback going forward. For the season, he’s still just 30 for 63 with four touchdowns and three interceptions.
OU will likely rely on its running game against Kansas State, but it has to be able to complete some passes — preferably some deep ones.
If Knight gets his shot against the Wildcats, the opportunities will be there. The Sooners will have to take advantage.
Above all else, the coaching staff seems to have gained confidence in Knight after his performance against Iowa State.
“He did look much more comfortable in this game against Iowa State. And probably performed that way,” Stoops said. “It’s not surprising to us eight weeks down the road, you continue to practice, you continue to get better as you go through the year. He gets a chance to do it again and he’s more familiar with it. He knows what to expect and handled it great.”
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