Oklahoma grad transfer Trevor Knight’s arrival has provided stability for a Texas A&M program that dealt with a fair share of drama last season.
Knight’s initial inquires into transferring to Texas A&M went nowhere until the Aggies’ top two quarterbacks transferred — Kyle Allen (Houston) and Kyler Murray (Oklahoma) — leaving the team with one scholarship quarterback.
“The first thing I called coach (Kevin) Sumlin cause I was thinking it was a different conference, it’s closer to home, might as well have the conversation,” Knight said as one of the Aggies’ player reps at SEC Media Days. “He was very adamant on the idea they had two quarterbacks they were comfortable with and he told me that. He said thanks for the conversation, but that’s the direction we are moving forward. Fast forward a week or so and the situation was a little different. Our phone calls were a little different as well.”
The “dramatic” shift in interest led Knight to signing with the SEC school in January. Knight brought an immediate positive influence to Texas A&M’s locker room where he instantaneously established himself as a leader.
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“I think it's been his ability since he came into the first team meeting and sitting there in the front row with his beard, and all of the 17-, 18-year-old guys are going: Who is that old man?” Sumlin said Tuesday at SEC Media Days. “Didn't I see him on TV playing for Oklahoma? And his ability to be humble and still be able to share his experiences and talk to our guys, it's been fabulous.”
Knight also gave the Aggies a spark on the field culminating with a standout performance in the team’s spring game. The quarterback threw for 246 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 25 of 36 passing. Sumlin didn’t wait until fall camp to name the Texas native his starter.
“It was pretty simple, he earned it,” Sumlin said.
Knight arrived in College Station with 15 starts under his belt and 3,000-plus career passing yards. The bulk of the quarterback’s experience came as an underclassman before losing the starting job to Baker Mayfield.
He led the Sooners to a win in the Sugar Bowl over Alabama, winning the game’s MVP honors.
The demotion hit Knight hard, but Sumlin sees the turning point in the young quarterback career as important part of his maturation process as a quarterback and help make the Aggies a contender in the SEC West this season.
“The growth during your career can happen quicker if you understand where your shortcomings are, and there was no greater teacher than losing this opportunity at Oklahoma,” Sumlin said. “And, you know, it doesn't take much to remind a guy of that, you know, when it's gotten him in the situation that he's in. And so because of that, he's a mature enough guy that he understand that, and he's always looking to get better.”