Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops named a starting quarterback Thursday evening. In what will come as a surprise to many, junior quarterback Blake Bell did not win the job. Instead, it will be Trevor Knight replacing Landry Jones. The redshirt freshman will start when the Sooners open the season against Louisiana Monroe on August 31.
Bell, a native of Wichita, Kansas, had 201 yards on 60 carries to go along with 11 touchdowns in 2012. In 2011, he rushed for 171 yards on 44 carries with 13 touchdowns. The Oklahoma coaching staff created a special package for the 6’6, 252 lb. Bell to run in short yardage situations, especially around the goal line, earning him the nickname “The Belldozer.” While Bell is excellent picking up tough yards on the ground, he hasn’t proven himself as a passer. He’s thrown only 20 passes, completing 10 for 115 yards, 0 touchdowns and an interception, in two seasons.
Bell’s passing probably wasn’t where Stoops and company need it to be because Oklahoma loves to spread the ball all over the field in the Sooners hurry up offense.
Knight, a San Antonio, Texas native, who took a redshirt last year, can run as well. He was ranked as the sixth best dual threat quarterback in the nation for the class of 2012.
“I can go out and play and not be all timid,” the 6’3, 195 lb. Knight said when asked what OU’s coaching staff could learn about him that they didn’t already know. “I was a little tentative during the spring, just getting into it, learning a bit. I just need to go out, have fun and play.”
The last time Stoops named a redshirt fresman his starting quarterback for game one was back in 2007 when Sam Bradford won the job. He wound up winning the Heisman Trophy and leading Oklahoma to the national championship game a year later.