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Trevor Knight named starting QB for UCLA opener but other questions remain

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Spring practice is over at College Station and Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin wasted no time naming his starting quarterback for the September 3rd season opener at Kyle Field vs UCLA. Former Oklahoma QB, and senior transfer Trevor Knight, by no surprise gets the nod. After shockingly losing both quarterbacks (Kyle Allen, Kyler Murray) that took all of the snaps in 2015, Sumlin has decided on Knight, a QB with experience even though experience came at Oklahoma. Knight, actually hasn’t played as much football on the collegiate level as you might think. In three seasons at OU, Knight played in 24 games, starting in only 15 of those. Several of those appearances were mop up duties. Consistency has been his problem. Those inconsistencies caused him to lose his starting job to current Sooners QB Baker Mayfield.

Knight’s ‘one shining moment’ came in the Sugar Bowl following the 2013 season, as he put up video game numbers in leading the Sooners to a surprising 45-31 win over Alabama. Before that game and afterwards however, Knight has been largely a disappointment. One thing’s for sure. He’ll have a plethora of weapons in which to deliver the ball to. Sophomore Christian Kirk, junior Speedy Noil, junior Ricky Seals-Jones, and senior Josh Reynolds help make up what’s possibly the best collection of wide receivers in the nation. Couple that with the appearance of 5-star running back Trayveon Williams, and Knight has a chance to produce big numbers in Sumlin’s high-octane offense.

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There are still other questions that remain in Aggieland. Although, Williams comes in and is expected to help resurrect a running game that was pretty mediocre last season, there’s been lot of changes on the offensive line. Hiring Noel Mazzone to be offensive coordinator should help. Especially, with his background of having success running the football out of the spread formation. But until you see it this fall, the question will still be there. There’s also the question of just how much the defense will improve under John Chavis, who is entering his 2nd season as coordinator. You know what you’re going to get out of arguably the nation’s best pass-rusher, Myles Garrett. But what can you expect from the rest of the defense that has had trouble stopping just about anyone over the last couple of seasons? Nonetheless, 2016 is a critical season for the Aggies and especially Sumlin. Trevor Knight is very capable of leading the Aggies where they want to go. Now, he must deliver.

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