How quickly things change for athletes in the world of sports. One day you’re a starting quarterback for one of the nation’s top college programs, the next you’re losing your job to a walk-on transfer.
That has been the case for once-Heisman hopeful QB, Trevor Knight, who requested, and was granted, a full release to transfer from the University of Oklahoma by head coach Bob Stoops this week, according to Sooner Scoop.
Knight began the 2015 preseason as Oklahoma’s starting quarterback and was voted a team captain by his teammates before the start of the season. He eventually lost the starting QB job to walk-on transfer, Baker Mayfield, a player who many believe was snubbed from being selected a finalist to win this year’s Heisman trophy.
With Knight out and Mayfield in as QB for the Sooners, the team has gone 11-1 and finished the regular season ranked fourth in the 2015 College Football Rankings. The walk-on QB will now lead Oklahoma in the semifinal round of the College Football Playoff against the number one ranked team in the nation, the Clemson Tigers, on New Year’s Eve in the Capital One Orange Bowl.
Though many, including Knight himself, were unsure what his next step would be now that he was no longer the man behind center in Norman, he stood by his team and supported his replacement, Baker Mayfield, and his team’s success throughout the 2015 season.
USA Today highlighted Knight’s dedication to his team on the sidelines and support of starting QB Mayfield earlier this fall.
“I definitely want to be playing,” Knight said. “Everybody on the team wants to be playing. That’s just not my role right now. I couldn’t be happier with the way ‘Bake’ is playing. I can’t say enough about him and what he’s done this year.”
— Sports on Earth (@SportsonEarth) September 11, 2015
With the former Sooner QB set to graduate at the end of this semester, the release from Oklahoma gives Knight immediate eligibility in 2016 and an opportunity to start under center for a new university.
Aside from being a great teammate and showcasing first class leadership on the sidelines, it shouldn’t be difficult for Trevor Knight to land a QB job. Despite suffering a serious injury in the 2014 season, Knight has showed that he can compete with the best in the country. In the 2014 Sugar Bowl, Knight went for 348 yards and four touchdowns, completing one of the biggest upsets in Sugar Bowl history, as his No. 11 ranked Sooners defeated the No. 3 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, 45-31.
So what schools will reach out to the former Sooner QB?
Multiples sources have informed Sooner Scoop that Knight has indeed been in contact with several schools since his release was granted by Oklahoma.
“Sources confirmed to SoonerScoop.com this afternoon that Knight’s recent Twitter activity does indicate the schools he has spoken with since being granted his release. Along with the Wildcats (Kansas State), Knight has spoken with Georgia, Oregon and Southern Methodist.”
Should he land with a team in the Big 12 conference, It’ll make for an interesting match up next fall against his former university and maybe even allow a bit of vindication for the former Sooner QB should he pull off the win over his replacement, Baker Mayfield (granted he stays another year).
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