It came as a surprise to many when Oklahoma Sooners Bob Stoops named redshirt freshman Trevor Knight the starting quarterback just before the season-opener.
Knight started the first two games and helped lead the Sooners to two victories, a 34-0 win over the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks and a 16-7 victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers. Knight ran the ball well, gaining 145 yards and 20 carries in the two games, but struggled as a passer. Knight was 21-of-48 for 205 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions.
Late in the West Virginia game, Knight went down with an injury and was replaced by junior Blake Bell, who most thought would be the starting quarterback.
In Bell’s first start, the Sooners defeated the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, Bell went 27-of-37 for a school record 413 yards and threw four touchdowns.
Before Knight returned to practice, Bell was named the starter for Saturday’s game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
According to Brandon Chatmon of ESPN.com, “offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said Tuesday that he didn’t know if Knight or Kendal Thompson would be Bell’s backup Saturday.”
Thompson broke his foot early in preseason camp.
The Sooners and Irish will kickoff at 3:30 pm EST.