Sooners weigh QBs for Bedlam showdown
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said nothing during his weekly press
conference on Monday to indicate he wouldn’t start Trevor Knight at
quarterback Saturday at No. 6 Oklahoma State.
Knight played well in relief in a 48-10 win over Iowa State and
as the starter in a 41-31 win at Kansas State two weeks ago.
Bell, who has started eight games this season for No. 18
Oklahoma (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) left the Iowa State game after suffering
a concussion and wasn’t available against Kansas State.
Stoops said he assumed Bell would be cleared for action if
needed against Oklahoma State (10-1, 7-1).
Stoops also said he felt good about how well the Sooners have
moved the ball offensively with Knight at quarterback for most of
the past two games. Knight entered the Iowa State game in the
second quarter and the Sooners closed the game with 45 unanswered
points, as he rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown and passed for
Against Kansas State, he rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown and
completed 14 of 20 passes for a career-high 171 yards and a
touchdown. More important, he looked considerably sharper than he
had in two uneven performances to open the season in wins over
Louisiana-Monroe and West Virginia.
”You can tell he is operating much more at ease and comfortable
and I guess he’s evened the pace,” Stoops said of Knight. ”. The
pace and the timing – there’s something about that with the
quarterback, not rushing plays and unfold while you execute.”
Knight started the Sooners’ first two games before suffering a
bruised knee. Bell, given an opportunity, earned the starting job
with a 413-yard, four-touchdown passing outing in a win over Tulsa
and held the position until he was hurt, despite a handful of
Stoops acknowledged Monday that the back-and-forth hasn’t helped
either Knight or Bell.
”You live with the circumstances that we were dealt,” Stoops
said. ”They were both dealt injuries that we had to deal with.
It’s fair to say in each case, at different times, it makes you
adjust offensively. Yes, definitely. One guy may do a little bit
better than the other guy and practicing that more and polishing it
up more to get the execution that you need, there is some of that
with each guy. It has been a challenge to manage it overall.”