Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight has been quiet about his future, but it appears it will not be in Norman much longer.
A report by SoonerScoop.com on Thursday evening said Knight has been granted a full release from the university by head coach Bob Stoops. His transfer is not 100 percent official. OU confirmed the release Friday and confirmed once again it's not set in stone Knight will transfer.
Knight addressed the media the Monday following OU’s win in Bedlam and tried to downplay any thoughts of what he might be thinking for his future.
“I’m all about what we have going on right here, right now,” Knight said. “I haven’t even batted an eyelash any other way. Right now we’re trying to prepare to hopefully play in the college football playoff, and I’m completely bought into that aspect.”
The Sooners, of course, have reached the playoff and will take on No. 1-ranked Clemson in the Capital Orange Bowl on Dec. 31.
The writing was seemingly on the wall for Knight following the incredible season from OU quarterback Baker Mayfield. By the end of the first month of the season, nobody was clamoring for Knight and debating whether or not there should even be a competition.
Knight had a major chance to make an impression in the second half of OU’s 30-29 win against TCU last month but was unable to do so. With Mayfield missing the second half because of a concussion, Knight went 5 of 16 passing for 76 yards and an interception.
For the season, Knight did his job well in the backup role and was still voted as one of the team's captains. He was 22-of-40 passing for 305 yards with a couple of touchdowns. But no doubt for a competitor like Knight, he doesn’t want to spend his final year on the bench waiting for an opportunity.
He is set to graduate following this semester, which would allow him to be immediately eligible for whatever school he chooses based on the graduate transfer rule.
There have been signs, most notably on Twitter. Although far from an exact science, sometimes Twitter can give a little glimpse into what is going on. In the last week, Knight has followed representatives from SMU, Oregon, Georgia and Kansas State.
The last one might be a bit surprising considering it’s a conference opponent, but it goes with the logic of Stoops throughout any transfer process. He has never been one to place any restrictions on a player and that appears like it will once again be the case here with Knight.
“I’m extremely happy here,” said Knight in that same press conference. “This is my home and where I’m supposed to be. That’s what I’ve said from the day I first stepped foot on this campus. It’s been an unbelievable ride. I can’t say enough about this coaching staff and the players. It truly is a family atmosphere and I wouldn’t do anything to stop what we have going right now. I really can’t wait for these next two games.”
The keywords there were “right now” as it indicated Knight hadn’t closed the door on looking at other avenues. The OU coaches could not be reached for comment on the situation.
Knight was a borderline Heisman Trophy candidate entering the 2014 season because of his monumental performance against Alabama in the 2014 Sugar Bowl.
Knight will always have a soft spot in OU fans’ hearts based on that one special night alone where he completed 32 of 44 passes for 348 yards with four touchdowns to help the Sooners to a major 45-31 upset victory against the Crimson Tide.
He was never fully able to realize that potential once again during the 2014 season and suffered a serious injury in a 48-14 loss to Baylor. He was partially paralyzed and suffered transient quadriplegia following the hit. He missed the final three games of the regular season and was ineffective in OU’s 40-6 loss to Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
Knight would be the second OU quarterback to transfer in the 2015 calendar year. Redshirt freshman Justice Hansen left in the spring and is back on the recruiting market right now.
It’s unknown at this time how Knight is going to treat these next few weeks with the Sooners preparing for the rematch with the Tigers. There’s no doubt that even if his production on the field didn’t always live up to what OU fans wanted, he was always an outstanding teammate and handled the whole Mayfield situation with incredible class.