OU report card: Quarterback

For the next two weeks, Sooners Illustrated is handing out grades to each OU position. It starts with quarterback.

With the Oklahoma football season in the books, Sooners Illustrated is going to look back at each position group to see how they fared in 2013.


The answer going into the season felt like it was junior Blake Bell, but the answer entering 2014 is certainly Trevor Knight.

Has there ever been an occasion where one game changed everybody's outlook of somebody more than what Knight did to Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl?

Knight wasn't good. He wasn't great. He was sensational in a legendary performance, going 32 of 44 for 348 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.

The question becomes what to do with Bell, and to a lesser extent, Kendal Thompson? It's way too early to say let them transfer, but it could become part of the equation. One thing to remember is with Knight's style of play, he is likely to remain prone to injury. You can't tame that type of intensity – he is who he is.

Knight had only thrown for 471 yards heading into the Sugar Bowl. There's no doubt he has the confidence and carries himself around as a leader. It's one of many reasons OU fans are so excited about the 2014 outlook.

Best moment: No question about this one as it's Knight's game against the Crimson Tide. Bell had a couple of fine moments, too, namely his games against Tulsa and Notre Dame and the game-winning drive during Bedlam at Oklahoma State.

Worst moment: As easy as it is to pick Alabama as the top moment, it's just as easy to pick Texas as the downer of the year. That game had a lot of OU fans giving up on Bell, who had an awful performance.

Sooners Illustrated grade: B-.

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