Heupel, Norvell talk OU offense

Days away from OU's season opener, co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell talked about how OU's offense looks heading into 2013 season.

Tuesday evening was the first time since media day Oklahoma co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell addressed the media. The two spoke in-depth about the quarterback situation, the wide receiver depth chart and the offense heading into Saturday's game.

Heupel was obviously asked about redshirt freshman quarterback Trevor Knight first, and Heupel didn't back down on what makes Knight such a great talent.

"He's smart. He's competitive. He's a great leader, and he works extremely hard every day," Heupel said. "You know what you're getting in the meeting room and on the practice field, first and foremost. As a player, he can distribute the ball on the outside and stretch the field. You'll get a good chance to see him on Saturday night."

Naming Knight the quarterback was a disappointment for junior Blake Bell, who was the odds on favorite to earn the spot. But Heupel said Bell hasn't stopped competing.

"We've continued to get both those guys a bunch of reps," Heupel said. "That's the way we've been practicing. They've both done a good job. Obviously Blake, with Trevor being named, was disappointed. But he's responded well and continued to compete."

One reason OU fans believe they don't have to worry too much about the quarterback is because of the other 10 guys on offense. Loaded with experience at running back, wide receiver and offensive line, Knight is not expected to carry the load all by himself.

Norvell talked about which receivers have sort of separated themselves heading into the season opener.

"(LaColtan) Bester has had a really good camp," Norvell said. "(Jalen) Saunders has had a great camp. Sterling (Shepard) is there. Jaz (Reynolds) has had a really nice camp. He has gotten back and been a steady playmaker for us. Trey Metoyer. That group of five."

Norvell said he won't only rely on that quintet, though. He said redshirt freshman Derrick Woods will see time as will true freshman Austin Bennett. Sophomore receiver Durron Neal has been banged up during camp, but Norvell said he is ready to play Saturday.

It's the last go-around for Reynolds, whose time at OU has been mired with great play on the field and incredibly questionable decisions off of it. Norvell said he expects big things from the senior.

"Jaz is ready to go," Norvell said. "He has worked hard. He's learned his lesson. We have three seniors at wide receiver. Bester wants to play badly. Reynolds wants to play badly. Jalen has been a great example. Every day you lose a part of your senior year you can't get back."

Norvell said Saunders will play any and everywhere, in the slot and out wide. All he really stressed was Saunders will be out there as much as possible.


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