The Norman Transcript

August 26, 2013

Stoops talks about QBs

Knight brings more athletic ability to QB spot; Bell still has big role

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Oklahoma named Trevor Knight its starting quarterback late last week. Coach Bob Stoops talked publicly about Knight winning the job and the status of backup Blake Bell in the offense for the first time Monday at his press conference.

As for what Knight, a redshirt freshman, did to secure the job, Stoops didn’t get into specifics.

“Overall, through all these practices there’s just been a little more consistency in the areas we’re looking for,” he said.

As far as what skills Knight is expected to display when the 16th-ranked Sooners face Louisiana-Monroe at Owen Field on Saturday, it will be a different type of quarterback than OU fans are used to seeing.

“Here’s a guy that’s very athletic, has great speed, throws a very strong football with a great release. He’s a strong leader as well,” Stoops said.

Earlier in the day on the Big 12 coaches teleconference, Stoops hinted OU would continue using Bell in short-yardage situations. He declared the Belldozer is still part of OU’s offense.

“We feel comfortable expanding on that and giving him even more opportunity,” Stoops said.