Belldozered: Sooners go with Trevor Knight at QB

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Earlier this week, it was reported that Oklahoma had settled on Trevor Knight (pictured, No. 9), not Blake Bell (pictured, No. 10). as Oklahoma’s successor to Landry Jones.

As it turns out, the report was absolutely correct.

Immediately following practice Thursday evening, head coach Bob Stoops announced that the redshirt freshman had beaten out the “favorite” Bell to win the Sooners’ starting quarterback job.  Knight will get his first collegiate start — hell, his first collegiate game action — in the opener next week against Louisiana-Monroe.

“Both competed hard and both will be ready to play,” Stoops said. “Like every other position on our team, I expect them both to continue competing for the starting job.”

Knight was a four-star member of OU’s 2012 recruiting class, rated as the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the country.  He redshirted as a true freshman.

Bell served as Jones’ primary backup the past two seasons, and had been expected to ascend to the starting job.  The past two years, Bell had rushed for 24 touchdowns in the “Belldozer package” — and attempted just 20 passes.

We can expect that package to still play a prominent role in the Sooners’ offense.

Alabama’s Anderson repeats as Bronko Nagurski award winner

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Alabama outside linebacker Will Anderson Jr. has become the second two-time winner of the Bronko Nagurski Award given to the nation’s top collegiate defensive player.

Anderson was presented the award on Monday night by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

The 6-foot-4, 243-pound Anderson had 10 sacks for the No. 5-ranked Crimson Tide this season. He also won the award last year after recording 17 1/2 sacks.

Anderson, a junior, had two sacks in Alabama’s regular-season win finale against rival Auburn and had his first touchdown when he returned an interception 25 yards against Louisiana-Monroe.

Anderson joins former Northwestern linebacker Pat Fitzgerald as the only two-time winner of the award. Fitzgerald won the award in 1995 and 1996 and later went on to become the head coach at Northwestern.

It’s unclear if Anderson will enter the NFL draft or return to Alabama next season.

FSU standout QB Jordan Travis returning for senior season

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis, the fourth player in school history to account for 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in a single season, is staying in school for his senior year.

Travis made the announcement Monday, the same day hundreds of players across the nation entered the NCAA transfer portal or declared for the NFL draft. Travis chose a different path and could be an early favorite in next year’s Heisman Trophy race.

“So many memories have been made on this field and we’re not done yet,” Travis said in a highlight video posted on social media. “See y’all in 2023.”

A fourth-year junior, Travis has 22 touchdown passes to go along with seven rushing scores, one receiving and just four interceptions. He has led the 13th-ranked Seminoles (9-3) to five consecutive wins as they prepare to play Oklahoma (6-6) in the Cheez-It Bowl on Dec. 29 in Orlando.

Travis joined FSU’s three Heisman Trophy winners – Charlie Ward in 1993, Chris Weinke in 2000 and Jameis Winston in 2013 – to account for 3,000 yards and 30 TDs in a season. He is one of six QBs in Power Five conferences with at least 20 TD passes and four or fewer interceptions.