OU report card: Quarterback

Season in the books, time to look at the grades for OU at all positions.

The 2014 season is in the books for Oklahoma as the Sooners began the season in the top five but ended a disappointing 8-5 with losses in the final two games.

Before we start looking ahead to 2015, we’re going to take another look at every position this season for the Sooners.

Quarterback

Bob Przybylo: C. For OU to have made the college football playoff, the Sooners were going to need at least a B+ effort or better. They certainly didn’t get that this season.

The issue was consistency and perhaps expectations weren’t realistic as to what Trevor Knight could actually do. Either way, a quarterback has to take care of the ball, and Knight threw three pick-six interceptions this season and had another one returned to the one yard line that sort of cancels out some of his finer moments.

When Knight was injured, it was time for Cody Thomas to show what he can do. But through three games, never got a sense that he was finding his groove. He had a chance to show what he could do in Bedlam when OU needed a game-winning drive, and it simply didn’t happen.

It feels like a wasted offensive season because of how loaded OU was at running back and offensive line. Quality quarterback play, and OU fans are singing a different tune.

Justin Hite:D+. Quarterback was supposed to be a point of strength for Oklahoma. Other than the offensive line, Trevor Knight brought the most position-wide experience back into the lineup.

It didn’t have to be a strength for Oklahoma to make the playoff or even compete for the Big 12 title, but it sure couldn’t have been the greatest weakness. That’s exactly what it was for the Sooners.

Knight was bad all season, very rarely showing the kind of potential everyone got a glimpse of during the Sugar Bowl.

His numbers were bad and his decisions were even worse. Basically three Pick 6s and an atrocious showing at the Russell Athletic Bowl left the position wide open entering the spring.

When Cody Thomas stepped in after Knight’s injury, he could run the read option but really struggled throwing the football.

The group finished with a 55-percent completion rate throwing just 41 percent of the time.

Sooners Illustrated overall grade: C-.


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