With spring ball starting in just about two weeks, the Oklahoma Sooners have been gearing up to get started. With former quarterback Landry Jones about to start the NFL combine, a lot of people are assuming that Blake Bell will be the new face of the offense.
While I tend to agree that Bell will take over, a player to keep an eye on during Spring practices and the Spring Game is quarterback Trevor Knight. With quarterback Drew Allen transferring out, it paves the way for the redshirt freshman to impress. And impress is exactly what he does.
Knight was a 2012 recruit who came to Oklahoma as a four-star recruit out of San Antonio, Texas and according to Rivals.com was the No. 26 player out of the state of Texas. He threw for 27 touchdowns and 2,092 yards with only three interceptions during his senior year at Reagan High School.
Knight won the Sooners’ scout team co-offensive player of the year award and according to some defensive players, is the future of the Sooners. If anyone is going to give Bell a run for his position, it’s going to be Knight. Everyone has seen the Belldozer in action and knows that Bell’s size is a plus, but we’ve only seen him throw the ball a handful of times. Bob Stoops and company want a quarterback that can do both.
We got to see some of Kendal Thompson, the other quarterback fighting for QB spot two or three during the 2012 Spring Game. Thompson is a Sooner legacy, his father is Charles Thompson, who played quarterback for the Sooners in 87-88 and the cousin of Antonio Perkins, the former defensive back. Thompson was the No. 2 player out of the state of Oklahoma when he came out in 2011.
Again, I don’t see anyone taking the position from Bell, but the battle for QB two and three for 2013 is going to be fun to watch as it plays out.
Spring practices start on March 6th and the Spring game is scheduled for April 13th.