Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin ended any quarterback suspense just two days after the Aggies’ spring game by naming Oklahoma transfer Trevor Knight as his opening-day starter.
The Aggies kick off the 2016 season Sept. 3 against UCLA at Kyle Field. Interestingly enough, A&M’s Pac-12 opponent is the former team of new offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, who left rising Bruins star quarterback Josh Rosen to take on the uncertainty of A&M’s situation.
Knight beat out Jake Hubenak, the Aggies’ third-string quarterback last season when Kyle Allen and freshman sensation Kyler Murray alternated as the Aggies’ starter. But after a tumultuous end to a once-promising season, both quarterbacks opted to transfer. Allen headed to Houston and Murray landed at Oklahoma.
Those defections opened the door for the Knight, who enrolled at A&M in January as a graduate transfer and with one year of eligibility. Knight was a short-lived Sooners hero after leading Oklahoma to an upset of Alabama in the Sugar Bowl following the 2013 season. But he was inconsistent as the full-time starter in a disappointing 2014 season that led to an overhaul of the Sooners’ offensive coaching staff and scheme.
Knight then lost his starting job to Baker Mayfield, who had transferred from Texas Tech. Mayfield led OU to the College Football Playoff semifinals last season.
After a year of watching from the sideline, Knight is now set to lead the Aggies, who boast an exciting cast of wide receivers, into the SEC West race, which includes defending national champion Alabama.
Knight attempted just 40 passes last season after throwing for 2,300 yards with 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2014.