Bob Stoops names Trevor Knight Oklahoma's starting QB
Bob Stoops ended the Sooners' quarterback competition on Thursday, naming redshirt freshman Trevor Knight the starter for the opener against Louisiana-Monroe.
The competition between Knight and junior Blake Bell has been ongoing since spring practice. Bell, affectionately known as "The Belldozer" for his size and previous role in goal line and short-yardage situations, was thought to have an advantage thanks to two years of game experience and 24 rushing touchdowns.
Bell may still have a role in the Sooners offense, but the staff has seen enough from Knight to feel comfortable naming him the starter for the season opener.
"Both Trevor and Blake [Bell] have competed hard and both will be ready to play against Louisiana-Monroe," Stoops said. "Like every other position on our team, I expect them both to continue competing for the starting job."
The competition began as a three-way battle with Knight, Bell and sophomore Kendal Thompson. Thompson suffered a fractured foot in the Sooners' first practice, sidelining him for the remainder of preseason.
Bell's inability to win the starting job is yet another disappointment for the quarterback Class of 2010. Bell was ranked the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback, just behind Rob Bolden and ahead of Barry Brunetti -- then Penn State and West Virginia commits, respectively. For more on that group, which also includes Phillip Sims and Jesse Scroggins, check out Bruce Feldman's feature from earlier this offseason.
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