OU outlook: Quarterback

Spring football is right around the corner so Sooners Illustrated is going to get you set with an early look at 2014 for OU.

The 2013 season is in the rear view mirror for Oklahoma. And while 2014 isn't quite here just yet, never too early to start talking how the team is shaping up.

With spring football less than two weeks away, here's an early look at how the Sooners are shaping up at all positions.


The starter:

No doubt about it this time around. This is Trevor Knight's show, and OU is going to see how far it takes them. No looking over his shoulder. This is Knight's team.

His incredible performance against Alabama has Sooner fans giddy about the future and it gives some credibility to the staff for originally picking Knight over Blake Bell at the start of the season.

One of the concerns about Knight is his style of play as he was injured twice in 2013 during his limited time of action. Once with a knee injury and then later in the season with a shoulder ailment. Knight throws caution to the wind and likes to leave it all out there, for better or worse.

With Knight firmly as the man, the offense won't have to jump back and forth. Everybody should be on the same page in 2014.

Next in line:

Cody Thomas. The redshirt freshman has gone from afterthought to somebody to keep tabs on. That's what happens when one quarterback, Kendal Thompson, opts to transfer. And then another, Blake Bell, willingly moves to tight end.

In essence, Thomas is who Knight was last year. A redshirt freshman looking for his opportunity. Like Knight did during his bowl practices, Thomas was said to have done very well when he got a chance to try to make something happen.

The wild card is baseball and how it all fits in. With Thomas looking like the clear No. 2 option, though, the chances of him going baseball full time took a major hit. There's no telling how he'll be able to handle all the responsibility.

On the radar:

Justice Hansen. Logic would say it's a great thing he's on campus already and getting to learn things. But that never really panned out for Thompson, another in-state quarterback that arrived to OU early.

Hansen doesn't have the smoothest delivery, but he's a gamer. Nobody can question that. Not the fastest runner, he's a powerful runner who has a penchant for making the big play when it matters most.

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