Multiple media sources reported Thursday evening that former Oklahoma Sooner starter Trevor Knight has been granted a full release by Coach Bob Stoops. Knight is expected to graduate this year and be eligible to play in 2016 at the school of his choice. Knight's exit from Norman was hastened by the arrival and emergence of Baker Mayfield, ironically a transfer from Texas Tech himself.
Knight looked like a star in the making as he led the Sooners in throttling Alabama in the 2014 Sugar Bowl. Knight was the MVP of that 45-31 victory, completing 32 of 44 passes for 348 yards and 4 touchdowns. But Knight never caught that lightning again. His 2014 ended in disappointment, with 2300 passing yards and 20 touchdowns balanced against 12 interceptions. Knight finished the year on the bench, missing 3 games after suffering transient quadriplegia following a hit against Baylor. Then he lost his starting spot to Mayfield, who's ly grown for 3389 yards and 35 touchdowns while leading the Sooners to the college football playoff.
Georgia joins Oregon, Kansas State and SMU among schools rumored to have contacted Knight so far. While Bulldog fans obviously view Jacob Eason as the quarterback of the future in Athens, the Georgia coaches have every reason to bring in another player at the position. With Faton Bauta's transfer and Brice Ramsey's move to punter the 'Dawgs find themselves with one scholarship QB on campus, 2015 starter Greyson Lambert. And let's be honest, Lambert gave the staff reason to doubt him on more than one occasion. Knight could be the guy to back up Jacob Eason next season. Or he could be the bridge to Eason if the freshman doesn't arrive ready to take over the job immediately.
Finally, he could be the guy to provide some competition to Lambert is Bulldog coaches let Eason slip through their grasp and down to Gainesville. In short, this staff is not in a position to turn down veteran quarterbacks looking for a chance. Knight would probably be worth a look. Until later...