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Trevor Football. It has a nice ring to it don’t you think? Amidst the media swarm that is the Johnny Manziel saga, a few Oklahoma Sooners have decided to weigh in on their new redshirt freshman quarterback.
“Trevor Knight’s skills are equivalent to Manziel’s, he’s outstanding” said Sooner linebacker Corey Nelson.
Teammates aren’t the only ones talking up the San Antonio native, Head coach Bob Stoops weighed in his thoughts as well: “All of us watching practice a year ago would sometimes shake our heads — Wow, did you see that, what he just did?”
Before he suited up for Oklahoma, Knight was a four-year standout at local Reagan High School. During his senior season, Knight amassed 2,092 yards and 27 touchdowns through the air. He also managed to grind out 943 yards and 15 scores on the ground, solidifying himself as a legitimate dual-threat option at quarterback. Night was named a 4 star recruit by ESPN, 247 Sports, Rivals and Scout for his impressive blend of poise and athleticism.
During this year’s Oklahoma spring ball, Knight participated in a closely contested position battle with junior Blake Bell and sophomore Kendal Thompson. After entering camp as a perceived underdog, Knight’s play on the field earned him the starting nod from his head coach. Stoops is no stranger to having a redshirt freshman take snaps for his offense. His last two quarterbacks both played significantly as redshirt freshman and went on to have extremely successful careers. Sam Bradford was a Heisman winner and eventual top pick in the NFL draft, while recent departure Landry Jones set the school’s career passing record during his tenure at OU.
Knight’s potential rise to stardom is an incredibly positive sign for San Antonio area football. Once noted as an afterthought among Texas high school football hotbeds, local high schools are now showing the ability to place more and more athletes at the next level.The Big 12 Conference also sports two San Antonio natives who will be fighting for carries on the ground this year. Malcolm Brown, a junior running back for Texas and Aaron Green, a sophomore running back for TCU are both former local standouts who will be counted on to carry the ball this season.
The future looks bright for San Antonio area football as it rides a recent wave of momentum thanks to players such as Trevor Knight. While the “Trevor Football” proclamations are probably a little premature, there is no doubt this “San Antonian” will represent the city spectacularly throughout his career as a Sooner.
Knight’s ability to stretch the field, paired with his presence in the pocket (he threw only three interceptions his senior year) make for what could be a deadly combination in the Sooners offense. After losing seven defensive starters from a season ago, the former Reagan High star will be asked to lead his offense both efficiently and effectively.
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