Oklahoma Sooners coach Bob Stoops is handing the controls of his high-powered offense to a very green player.
Redshirt freshman Trevor Knight will be behind center when the Sooners open the season Aug. 31 against Louisiana-Monroe. He will be filling the big shoes of the record-setting Landry Jones after beating out junior Blake Bell, who appeared in all 13 games last season. Knight has never taken a snap in college.
"Both Trevor and Blake have competed hard and both will be ready to play against Louisiana-Monroe," Stoops said. "Like every other position on our team, I expect them both to continue competing for the starting job."
It was a three-way fight for the starting job until Kendal Thompson injured his foot earlier in the month.
The mobile Knight might be a better fit for Oklahoma's zone-read attack compared to the muscular Bell, who is known as the "Belldozer". In 2012, Bell completed 9 of 16 passes for 107 yards and ran for 11 touchdowns while playing in mostly goal-line situations.
"He has very deceptive speed," Knight's high school coach, David Wetzel, told a radio station. "He's got great speed in my opinion. He doesn't have the top speed that an RGIII has ... but he's got really good speed.
"He is just a phenomenal athlete. He knows he has a great body and great athletic ability. He has always been a guy who's worked extremely hard to use that."
Knight threw for 2,092 yards and 27 touchdowns with three interceptions and rushed for 1,050 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior at Reagan High School in San Antonio.