Stoops Speaks Out-Talks Trevor Knight

Stoops Speaks Out-Talks Trevor Knight

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For the first time Monday afternoon, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops talked about his new quarterback, Trevor Knight.

"Watching him practice a year ago, we'd sometimes shake our heads and say, 'wow, did you see that, what he just did,'" said Stoops.

Knight was named the starting quarterback for the Sooners' season opener last Thursday. While the redshirt freshman has yet to take a snap in a game, Stoops and his teammates are excited about his abilities as a duel-threat quarterback.

"If you put him in Texas A&M's offense," said Sooners linebacker Corey Nelson, "like they have with (Johnny) Manziel, and you take Manziel out, it will be the exact same. His skills are equivalent to Manziel's, he's so mobile and he can throw it on the run."

Knight's skills set doesn't come as a surprise to Stoops, who keyed in on his raw talent last year.

"You see it early in the year and then midyear you're like this doesn't change. He's on the mark, he throws a great ball, he runs, takes off, does some things with it."

Junior quarterback Blake Bell is still in the mix. Stoops wouldn't say to what capacity he would play, but did confirm that the Belldozer package would return this season.

"I made sure that he knew that we felt he could be a winning quarterback too and he would win for us if we needed him to," Stoops said.

Oklahoma hosts Louisiana-Monroe this Saturday for its season opener. Kickoff set for 6 p.m.

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