Oklahoma Sooners redshirt freshman QB Trevor Knight saw a lot more time on the field than anyone expected this season. Coming in, most expected sophomore Blake Bell to be the definitive man in Norman. However, just a few days before the season began, head coach Bob Stoops shocked everyone when he ultimately named the young Knight the starter to begin the year.
Virtually the entire 2013 season consisted of Knight and Bell splitting time as the Sooners rode their way to a 10-2 regular season record and a berth in the BCS against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl.
One of the issues that Knight battled was protecting himself. This was no more evident than in the last game of the regular season, the Sooners’ upset win over Oklahoma State in Bedlam, when Knight took an errant dive near the sideline as he made a dash toward the end zone.
Knight noted that the coaching staff immediately brought protecting himself a little better to his attention:
“They told me I needed to protect myself,” Knight said of his coaches’ reaction to the play. “You’ve got to protect your body and that was total self-enforced on my part just trying to make a play.
The redshirt freshman went on to agree with the coaches’ sentiment, and will now do a bit better job in making sure he makes the right decision in regards to his well being out there:
“That’s football. Things are going to happen but just try and protect myself a little bit more.”