Knight's trail to OU starting QB

For four months in 2011, quarterback Trevor Knight was committed to Texas A&M. On Thursday, he was named the starting quarterback for Oklahoma. Detailing the road he took to get the spot.

Quarterback Trevor Knight could have been a Texas A&M Aggie. He was for a few months. Instead, on Aug. 31, he's going to be the starting quarterback for Oklahoma in its season opener against Louisiana-Monroe.

Nobody would have picked Knight heading into the summer, but Knight continued to push forward in the three-man competition with Blake Bell and Kendal Thompson to become OU's starting quarterback.

It wasn't a shock to San Antonio (Texas) Reagan coach David Wetzel, who has known for a long time just how talented Knight is.

"Like I told you before, the people in Oklahoma are going to love Trevor," Wetzel said. "He brings so much to the table, both on the field and off the field. He has so much athleticism. But for as good of a player he is, he's an even better young man and leader."

Knight showed that leadership well before the first day he stepped onto campus.

OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel first started to pursue Knight following Knight's junior season at San Antonio Reagan. He was at OU's junior day, and the Sooners tried hard to get Knight.

As a junior, he threw for 1,629 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushed for 1,050 yards with 22 scores.

In March 2011, the door appeared to be shut as Knight committed to the Aggies, and the Sooners looked to be zeroing in on another highly touted quarterback, Gunner Kiel.

As the summer months wore on, though, Heupel couldn't let go of that itch. He had to scratch it one more time. OU was able to get Knight and his family to campus in July. Days later, he went from being an Aggie to a Sooner.

He didn't disappoint. Knight was sensational as a senior, throwing for 2,092 yards with 27 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He added 943 rushing yards and 15 scores.

The plan all along was for Knight to enroll early at OU for the Class of 2012. Everything was working out fine until there was a hiccup. Because of graduation numbers, Knight was unable to graduate early.

Well, he could, but he opted to give that early enrollee spot to tight end Taylor McNamara. McNamara, from San Diego, said he would only go to a school that would allow him to enroll early. Knight made that happen.

"That says a lot about Trevor," said McNamara back in December 2011. "He didn't have to do that. It means a lot to me. It means I can go to OU."

And now it means McNamara can catch some passes from Knight in the future. With his plans on hold, all Knight did was workout. He got himself into incredible shape before arriving onto campus with his twin brother, walk-on tight end Connor Knight, in the summer of 2012.

There was no doubt a redshirt season was in the cards. Knight wasn't going to touch starter Landry Jones, and the competition was fierce between Drew Allen and Blake Bell for the backup position.

Bell won that spot, spurring Allen to transfer following the season. He has found a home at Syracuse, and it looked all spring and summer like it was Bell who was going to lead the Sooners.

Knight caught the eye of OU defenders in preparation for the Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M. He played the role of Johnny Manziel for the scout team and started turning heads.

It was a nice little story, but nobody thought it would go beyond that. At least not for 2013. The spring saw all three quarterbacks have their moments, but the assumption was still for Bell to be the man in the fall.

Things got more interesting when Thompson fractured his foot during the first day of camp three weeks ago. The three-man race was down to two, and Knight continued to take advantage of all his opportunities.

OU's practices have been closed to the public, but sources have indicated Knight has simply dazzled everybody with his playmaking ability and decision making during camp.

A report surfaced Monday night stating Knight had won the job. Although not accurate at the time, it opened the eyes of OU fans across the nation about the real possibility that this redshirt freshman was going to take the reins.

OU coach Bob Stoops made it official following Thursday's practice. He said all along it was a competition. Most thought he was just saying that to say it. Few had any idea just how truthful he was really being about the process.

But Knight always prepared like it was his job.

"Coach Heupel from the beginning, once Landry [Jones] left, said it was an open competition," said Knight at OU's media day Aug. 3. "Even if it wasn't an open competition, he still wants us to prepare every day like we are the starter. So I take every day like I am preparing to be the starter, and I just go out and compete the best I can."

Knight no longer has to prepare like he is the starter. He has earned that right. It's another chapter in Knight's eventful two years with the Sooners.

For how long he's the starter, well, that will be up to Knight. But it will be an interesting journey for OU fans to come along for the ride.

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