During the next two months leading up to the Big 12 Media Days in Dallas, Sooners Illustrated will breakdown the Oklahoma Sooners roster, starting with Jarvis Baxter (No. 1 on the roster) and working all the way down to Marquise Overton (No. 98) and the incoming freshmen.
We’ll look at last year’s performance, the best-case scenario for this season – without projecting injuries – and what each player means to the short-term or long-term success of the Sooners.
No. 89 – TE @Connor Knight (6-foot-4, 248 pounds)
1 reception, 17 yards, 1 touchdown
What happened last year: Knight developed into a solid back-up as a receiving tight end and a blocking tight end. He’s behind Mark Andrews in the field and Sam Grant near the goal line. But he did record his first career reception, a touchdown pass from his twin brother Trevor Knight.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 3. Like Grant, Knight will play a role near the goal line, where the Oklahoma spread offense theoretically will have troubles. There will be a couple big plays here and there, and that’s where the Sooners need Knight to perform. He doesn’t need to be consistent over the long haul of the season, but he needs to be really good for a couple plays.
Best-case scenario for this season: Knight could be in line for a couple receptions this season, although it seems more likely that he’d have two touchdown receptions that six total catches. Going the whole season without being called out on film for missing a big goal-line block would also be a major plus. All of those are within Knight’s control and reach.