Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight granted release, could transfer (Update)

It looks like Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight will be playing for a new team in 2016.

Oklahoma confirmed on Friday that Knight, a junior, has been granted a release from his scholarship by coach Bob Stoops. He's scheduled to graduate at the end of the semester and would be immediately eligible in 2016 for his new school as a graduate transfer.

The news was first reported Thursday by SoonerScoop.com.

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Knight, a one-time starter for the Sooners, has been granted a full release by Stoops, meaning he can transfer anywhere. However, according to a release from Oklahoma, Knight has not ruled out staying with the Sooners.

For now, Knight will stay with the Sooners through their postseason run.

"Trevor has been unbelievable during his time as a Sooner," said Stoops. "I can't say enough about him and what he's meant to our program. He will graduate this month and has told us that he would like to investigate the possibility of finishing his career elsewhere. We understand him wanting to explore his options and will be happy for him if he's able to find a good fit."

Added Knight: "My decision to reach out and communicate with other potential programs is something I feel I must do in order to see if there is a perfect fit for my senior season. I can promise you that no one is more proud to be a Sooner than I am, and in no way shape or form will this take away from my excitement and commitment heading into the championship season. I am truly touched by the support from both Coach Stoops and Coach (Lincoln) Riley, as well as all of Sooner Nation during this time.


"Enough about me. Let's go beat the Tigers. Boomer!"

According to SoonerScoop, Knight has spoken with Kansas State, Georgia, Oregon and SMU.

Knight saw time in six games for Oklahoma in 2015 and played the second half of the Sooners' one-point win against TCU. He had come in for Baker Mayfield, who left the game at halftime because of a concussion. Mayfield, a transfer from Texas Tech who sat out the 2014 season, beat out Knight for the starting job.

Knight emerged as a possible star with his performance against Alabama in the 2014 Sugar Bowl. However, his play didn't continue at a high level in the 2014 season and missed three games after suffering transient quadraplegia after a hit he took against Baylor. He came back for Oklahoma's bowl loss to Clemson and finished the 2014 season with 2,300 yards passing, 14 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions.


The Sooners parted ways with offensive coordinator Josh Heupel after the 2014 season and hired Lincoln Riley as the team's OC for the 2015 season. Mayfield has thrown for 3,389 yards in Riley's system with 35 touchdowns and five interceptions. The Sooners, 11-1, are the No. 4 seed in the College Football Playoff and play Clemson in the Orange Bowl.

For more Oklahoma news, visit SoonerScoop.com.

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Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!