When you win the battle against a Belldozer for the starting quarterback job on one of the most well-known teams in America and then go on to win the Sugar Bowl over Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide in such a dominating fashion that women in the stands lose their minds and attack Oklahoma fans (looking at you Michelle Pritchett), you start to get noticed.
And yes, I believe that is exactly how the chain of events breaks down.
So it should come as no surprise that Trevor Knight was named to the 2014 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List this afternoon. Knight is one of 43 players.
The Watch List announced today will be narrowed to up to 16 semifinalists in November and then up to 4 finalists in December. They will be selected by broadcasters, commentators, journalists, fans and the previous winner. The finalists will be brought to Tyler for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Awards Banquet scheduled for January 14, 2015.
What did Knight do in 2013 to earn this preseason attention?
Started in the Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama (1/2) and earned MVP honors after throwing for four touchdowns and 348 yards on 32-44 passing with five rushes for seven yards ... started at Oklahoma State (12/7), rushing 11 times for 47 yards and completing three of seven passes for 28 yards before exiting at halftime with injury ... started at Kansas State (11/23), completing 14 passes on 20 attempts for 171 yards and a touchdown, also ran 14 times for 82 yards and another score ... completed eight of 14 passes for 61 yards and rushed 10 times for a career-high 123 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown run, against Iowa State (11/16) ... rushed five times for 17 yards at Baylor (11/7) ... recorded 24 yards on two carries, including career-long 30-yard rush, and completed lone pass for six yards at Notre Dame (9/28) ... missed the Tulsa game (9/14) due to injury ... threw for 119 yards and a touchdown and ran for 42 yards on seven carries against West Virginia (9/7) ... starting in his OU debut, threw three touchdown passes and rushed for game-high 103 yards on 13 carries against ULM (8/31)
|* - TCU||6-1||9-1|
|* - Kansas State||6-1||8-2|
|* - Baylor||5-1||8-1|
|* - Texas||5-3||6-5|
|* - Oklahoma||4-3||7-3|
|* - West Virginia||4-4||6-5|
|x - Texas Tech||1-6||3-7|
|x - Kansas||1-6||3-7|
|x - Iowa State||0-6||2-7|
* - Bowl Eligible
x - Not eligible for postseason
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