Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight has been cleared to play in the Russell Athletic Bowl against the Clemson Tigers on Dec. 29.
Knight was forced to miss Oklahoma’s final three regular-season games due to a neck injury he suffered against the Baylor Bears on Nov. 8. The Sooners won two out of the three games that Knight missed but the offense struggled mightily. The Sooners averaged under 100 passing yards per game without Knight and will certainly need him if Oklahoma is to come out on top against the Tigers.
Freshman quarterback Cody Thomas filled in for Knight in his absence and threw for 292 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.
After bursting out on the scene against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2014 Sugar Bowl, lofty expectations were placed on Knight and the Sooners. However, it has been a rather disappointing campaign this season. The Sooners were ranked No. 4 heading into this season and had national title hopes, but ineffective play all-around led to Oklahoma dropping four games.
Knight ultimately landed in a sophomore slump, throwing for 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
The Sooners will hope to finish on a high note this year but will face a tough Clemson defense, headlined by defensive end Vic Beasley. The Tigers boasts the No. 1 ranked defense in the country, allowing only 259.6 yards per game. Clemson is also ranked No. 5 in sacks, No. 7 in scoring, and No. 7 in rush defense.
Expect Oklahoma to rely heavily on true freshman Samaje Perine to come up with big plays which will open up the passing game for Knight. If the Sooners expect to come out with a ‘W’, Knight will have to bring his A-game and avoid turning the ball over.
The Sooners and Tigers will square off on Dec. 29 at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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