His four-touchdown performance in a win against Alabama put Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight in the spotlight. The last six months have shown he hasn’t changed much or at all since that incredible day Jan. 2.
Knight was the center of all things OU at Big 12 media days. Question after question, always a smile on his face. Not cowering from being the face of the program but embracing it.
Every other OU player had at least a little downtime during the afternoon session Tuesday to compose himself, but Knight was bombarded from beginning to end. It simply didn’t matter.
“I’m having fun with it,” Knight said. “I’m enjoying the opportunity. I had no idea things were going to get like this, but you have to have fun with it.”
Knight obviously hoped he would become a star at OU but that one game against the Crimson Tide has changed everybody’s perception about who Knight is and who Knight will be for the Sooners in the 2014 season.
OU coach Bob Stoops recognized that. When asked about the possibility of Knight staying at that level, Stoops was honest and said it doesn’t matter so much if he can but the fact is the fans will expect him to do that every game this season.
“He definitely played at a high level,” Stoops said. “I would look for more consistency this year. No one prepares harder.”
His work ethic has never been questioned, but he might have to tone down that competitiveness. As a part-time starter, Knight was injured in two games last season.
For OU to make a realistic chase for No. 8, it will need Knight to be healthy. A year ago at this time the question was whether or not it was Knight or Blake Bell at quarterback. Amazing what one year can do. But those who know him best say nothing has gotten to Knight’s head.
“He’s the same Trevor,” center Ty Darlington said. “He hasn’t changed or anything like that. He’s still grounded in his faith and being who he is.”
Knight and Darlington have forged a deep bond since arriving on campus together in 2012 and now both will be starting in the 2014 season. Knight also said having his brother, Connor, a walk-on tight end at OU, with him has helped him through the process as well.
Like football, being the face of the program has been a process. Like football, the more repetitions he has gotten, the better Knight has felt.
Safe to say he’s comfortable in the limelight.
“I look back and laugh at how nervous I felt those first couple of times,” Knight said. “You learn. You get better. The more times you do it, the more comfortable you feel.”