Trevor Knight To Start At Texas A&M
Texas A&M football coach Kevin Sumlin announced Monday that Trevor Knight would be the starter going into this season. Now comes the difficult part. The Aggies must ensure Trevor Knight can do the things that he couldn’t while in Norman, Oklahoma: take good care of the football, start for the balance of the season, and perform consistently well enough to put the team in division title contention.
Sumlin publicly gave the starting quarterback nod to Knight, a graduate transfer from Oklahoma, Monday over Jake Hubenak, and understandably so. Knight is the physically superior quarterback, he performed better in the Aggies’ final two live scrimmages and from all accounts, was the better performer throughout spring football, which concluded last Saturday. He also has the one thing no other Texas A&M quarterback on the roster does: extensive FBS starting experience. The caveat is his experience hasn’t always been good. College football fans are well aware of Knight’s career highlight to date: a 348-yard, four-touchdown performance in the Sugar Bowl to lead the Sooners to a 45-31 win over Alabama on Jan. 2, 2014.
If the Aggies are as good on defense in 2016 as they think they can be — potentially a top-25, top-30 unit nationally — Knight won’t have to put up video game numbers to win games for them. All he’ll have to do is move the football, be productive and keep his interception total down. Whether he can remains to be seen.