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Thursday, August 22, 2013
Updated: August 23, 3:51 PM ET
Sooners to start Trevor Knight at QB

By Brandon Chatmon
ESPN.com

NORMAN, Okla. -- R.J. Washington's words were foretelling.

"Everybody's excited [about Blake Bell] but people have to watch out for Trevor [Knight]," the former Oklahoma defensive end said in November. "Don't count him out; he's going to surprise a lot of people."

Eight months later, coach Bob Stoops announced Knight would be Oklahoma's starting quarterback.

The redshirt freshman from San Antonio beat out Bell, a junior, and will face Louisiana-Monroe on Aug. 31 in his first collegiate start.

Sophomore Kendal Thompson was also in the competition, but a foot injury during the Sooners' first practice knocked him out of the mix.

As Landry Jones completed his eligibility, many people were ready to simply hand the job to Bell, who already has made a name for himself as the "Belldozer." He has rushed for 24 touchdowns during his first two seasons at OU.

The Sooners' coaching staff evidently had other ideas. Stoops was unwavering in his insistence throughout the offseason that the job was wide open. Knight swooped in to win the job with a strong preseason camp.

After a decent spring showing, Knight headed into the summer unsatisfied. He knew he could do more. Heading into the final weeks of the quarterback competition, Knight had a clear idea of what he wanted to show Stoops and offensive coordinator Josh Heupel during camp.

"I can go out and play and not be all timid," Knight said when asked what OU's coaching staff could learn about him that they didn't already know. "I was a little tentative during the spring, just getting into it, learning a bit. I just need to go out, have fun and play."

It is somewhat of a surprise to see Knight named the starter, but the buzz about his unique ability began shortly after he arrived on campus in summer 2012 and began terrorizing the Sooners' scout team defense during his redshirt season last fall.

All-Big 12 cornerback Aaron Colvin, Washington and several other Sooners defenders had uncommon praise for Knight as he consistently punished OU's defense during game-week preparations in 2012.

"He gives us challenges each week," Colvin said at the time. "I'm excited to see what Trevor does in the future."

The future is now.