A star was born in the Sugar Bowl for the Sooners. Trevor Knight stunned Alabama with his arm, his feet, and his vision while the Sooners emerged from New Orleans with a momentum-creating win. That momentum has carried on all the way to spring practice after the Sooners signed a strong recruiting class and returned numerous young players who have bright futures. The Oklahoma athletic department allowed cameras to go all-access with the cynosure of Sooner football: Trevor Knight. After his breakout performance, Knight must take the next step in his development and find the consistency that separates good quarterbacks from great ones. Knight speaks in the video about his need to improve, and he says he believes the Sooners obtained a unique confidence from the Sugar Bowl win. “Leading into the offseason, I felt like we’ve ridden that confidence really well throughout our workouts and our pass [skeleton],” Knight said. “I feel like we’re moving in the right direction going into spring ball, and looking forward to improving there as well.” Knight will have a big new target to throw to this fall in converted tight end Blake Bell who played quarterback in his first three seasons in Norman. “He looks great. He caught a touchdown out there today, a long one down the middle,” head coach Bob Stoops said of Bell. “He’s a big target down there and he looks natural. His obviously not having had the experience blocking will be the biggest thing we’ll concentrate on, but he works hard at it. He’s got strength and size. I don’t see why he wouldn’t pick it up and continue to do well with it.” Knight is happy to have some larger targets to throw to in the slot, and the sophomore signal-caller said having guys like Bell enables him to make different types of throws. “It’s definitely a little bit different,” Knight said of the large tight ends. “With Jalen [Saunders] in there the past two seasons I’ve been here, he’s a little shifty guy and now we’ve got these bigger bodies. You’re able to throw some higher balls, throw some gut shots to get it on them.” In the past, Oklahoma has used its tight ends sparingly except for during years where they had a talent like Jermaine Gresham at the position. Sophomore tight end Taylor McNamara said he feels like the tight ends are becoming a bigger part of offensive coordinator Josh Heupel’s offense.
All-Access with Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight
Dallas Morning News | Apr 3