Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight (9) scrambles against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Oklahoma defeated Alabama 45-31. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Knight named to 2014 Maxwell Award Watch List

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Over the next two weeks, college football’s biggest awards will unveil its Watch Lists. The Maxwell Football Club kicked off things by releasing its Maxwell Award Watch List and Bednarik Award Watch List.

The Maxwell Award has been presented annually for 78 years to college football’s player of the year. Only two Sooners have won the award—Tommy McDonald in 1956 and Jason White in 2003.

This year’s Watch List includes none other than redshirt sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight, who led Oklahoma to a Sugar Bowl victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide.

While he missed some of 2013, his potential is through the roof this season. He will be attending the Big 12 Media Day event in Dallas, Texas as just a sophomore quarterback. Though, as the new leader of this team’s offense, Knight’s expectations are greater than anyone could have expected a year ago when Blake Bell was expected to inherit Landry Jones’ starting position.

Knight played in only eight games last year, passing for 819 yards and throwing nine touchdowns. However, he ran for 445 yards and scored twice on the ground. His ability as a dual threat quarterback makes him an appealing pick as the nation’s top player, and possibly as a Heisman candidate if Oklahoma runs the table and Knight can stay healthy.

To name a few quarterbacks, the San Antonio native joins the likes of Florida State’s Jameis Winston, Auburn’s Nick Marshall, and Baylor’s Bryce Petty. Georgia’s Todd Gurley, Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, and Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon, also, made the Watch List.

The entire Maxwell Watch List can be seen here, as well as the Bednarik Award Watch List.

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  • Cole

    Nothing against Trevor but I don’t see him having Marcus Mariota numbers this year because if the receiving core being so young but he will have a solid year in general. OU will have a heavy run offense this year.

    • Joseph Buettner

      If he brings home the National Title, that’s all that matters? Right!

      • Cole

        That is all that matter. Lol #chasefor8

  • jack griffith

    Knight has the type of game against Alabama that people who watched him last year knew he could have. He’s an excellent QB and if OU plays to its expected potential he will be high on the list this year, and first next year. Go Sooners!