By JOHN SHINN
NORMAN — Two Oklahoma City television stations have reported Oklahoma has picked its starting quarterback. Sooner coach Bob Stoops vehemently disagreed early Tuesday evening.
“Of course it isn’t true,” he said when asked about the validity of the reports that redshirt freshman Trevor Knight has beaten out junior Blake Bell for the starting job.
On Monday, Stoops said the winner of the competition between the two would be decided later in the week.
As of now, Stoops said both were getting “fairly equal” reps with the first and second teams.
“It’s fairly easy to see as coaches, sometimes, who’s elevating what group more,” Stoops said. “That’s what you keep trying to look at.”
As far as which quarterback is doing that, Stoops hasn’t been forthcoming with information. No assistant coaches have talked to reporters since Aug. 3 and players give only generic answers to any questions about the quarterback competition.
However, Stoops did say Tuesday night that developing a backup quarterback has been a major priority with the offensive changes the Sooners have made.
Either Bell or Knight is going to run more than any quarterback OU’s had during Stoops’ tenure. The quarterback is going to take more hits than in the past.
“We’re very aware that these guys are all capable of moving around with the ball more than maybe some we’ve had,” he said. “If that happens, they’re likely to take a few shots. And/or they’re fatigued. When you’re not an older guy that’s done it a bunch that takes a while to get used to. Sometimes there may be a place to have two guys set to play.”
But as of around 6 p.m. Tuesday, Stoops was adamant the decision on whether Bell or Knight will take the first snap still hasn’t been made.