After the quarterback carousel that made Texas A&M fans nauseous, the program could not have signed a better ambassador than Trevor Knight.
The former Oklahoma starter who lost his job to Baker Mayfield last year has come to College Station with an impeccable character, doing and saying all the right things that should give A&M fans hope that 2016 will not be a lost season.
Knight has plenty to prove on the field, but he’s a rock-solid citizen, a motivating team leader and since his arrival in January, he’s been winning over his teammates with his work ethic.
He spent last weekend as a counselor — for the third time — at the Manning Passing Academy. He told NOLA.com that he always picking up tidbits while there and he’s got a few more he’ll bring back to College Station.
Named the Aggies’ starting quarterback after the spring concluded, Knight is optimistic about A&M’s chances in the always brutal SEC West, noting an impressive stable of playmakers at his disposal.
“I haven’t been with the guys for four years like I would have somewhere else, but a lot of good guys. A lot of incredibly talented receivers that I get to throw to. We’re heading in the right direction.
“From practice one to practice 15 of spring, it’s not even the same team. That says a lot about the coaching staff ... I look forward to making another job come fall camp and into the season as well. Just continuing to get better each and every day.”
Knight threw for 3,424 yards and 25 touchdowns with 19 interceptions with the Sooners. He had a great game in defeating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl following the 2013 season, but he was erratic in 2015 as OU stumbled.
Mayfield, a transfer from Texas Tech, won the job after a switch to an Air Raid-type offense.
If Knight has harbored any ill will toward how things went for him at OU, he certainly hasn’t showed it publicly.
He’s been nothing but positive and source of optimism for Aggies when the program appeared to be stuck in a ditch.