Heupel won't address Knight's future

Assumption is Trevor Knight will be the guy when he's healthy. But Josh Heupel didn't come out and say it Monday.

Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight will miss his second consecutive game after a neck injury against Baylor, but there’s no guarantee that he’ll retake his starting spot as the Sooners’ signal caller when he is healthy once again.

Co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel wouldn’t discuss the situation in detail Monday, saying that with was a hypothetical case.

“You’re talking about things that are two weeks down the line,” Heupel said. “We’ll find out where we’re at when we get there.” When pressed again about whether he was willing to say Knight was his starting quarterback if healthy, Heupel again responded without a clear declaration.

“You’re speaking about hypotheticals in two weeks with Oklahoma State,” he said. “I just don’t answer questions. You don’t know anything about the situation. How is he coming back? How is he feeling? All of those things. When we get to that week, I’ll answer any questions you have about it.”

Asked again about the unusualness of not declaring that the starting quarterback would return as the starter after an injury if he went through a week of practice and was healthy enough to play, Heupel again refused to say anything concrete.

“I’m not going to answer any questions about a hypothetical two weeks down the road,” Heupel said. “When we cross that bridge, we’ll cross that bridge.”

In his first career start, redshirt freshman Cody Thomas threw three interceptions in the first half against Baylor but helped Oklahoma rally from a 14-point, second-half deficit for the first time in more than 20 years.

Still just a redshirt sophomore Knight, who is in his first year as the full-time quarterback, has thrown for 2,197 yards in nine games with 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He has also thrown an interception that has led directly to an opponent’s touchdown in three games this season. All three games were Oklahoma losses.

When asked about Thomas’ success making it easier to work Knight back in after a rather scary injury, Heupel made every effort to avoid naming a starting quarterback – in that particular situation.

“Trevor is anxious to get back,” Heupel said. “As soon as he’s fully cleared, he’ll be back, he’ll compete and he’ll push. At the end of the day, we recruited these guy, tried developed these guys, put them in a position where they can be successful. Whoever the guy out there gives us a chance to win the football game.”

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Knight hasn’t progressed as far as doctors would have liked. Stoops already ruled him out for Saturday’s game against Kansas.


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