NORMAN — Blake Bell will be Oklahoma’s starting quarterback when it faces Tulsa at 11 a.m. Saturday at Owen Field. OU coach Bob Stoops made the announcement Monday morning on the Big 12 coaches teleconference.
However, redshirt freshman Trevor Knight won’t be an option against the Golden Hurricane. He won’t practice due to a bruised right knee he suffered against against West Virginia.
“He’s in all likelihood going to be out one week for sure and maybe two weeks,” Stoops said.
Stoops did say sophomore quarterback Kendal Thompson has been cleared to practice and will be Bell’s backup against Tulsa. Thompson has missed the last six week’s of practice with a foot injury.
Stoops did say the Knight’s knee injury, which appeared to occur late in the first half Saturday night, likely contributed to his poor play.
Bell was inserted as the starting quarterback at the start of the fourth quarter. Knight was 10-for-20 for 119 yards in the game. However, he was just 1-for-5 in third quarter, throwing two interceptions and nearly having another picked off.
Stoops believes the injury affected Knight’s play, but the redshirt freshman wasn’t flawless in the first half against West Virginia or in the season opener against Louisiana-Monroe.
“It’s both,” Stoops said when asked if it was Knight’s injury or his play that led to the quarterback switch. “I said I didn’t think things weren’t what they needed to be. The injury could have been part of it, but does it really matter when we have to make the decision? The bottom line was: we needed to do something different.”