Heading to the Russell Athletic Bowl, it appeared as though both participating teams could potentially be without their starting quarterbacks. The Clemson Tigers knew Deshaun Watson had played with a partially torn ACL. However, a decision as to when he would undergo surgery remained a mystery. At first, the coaching staff said Watson would play in the bowl game but quickly changed their stance. Taking a new side, Clemson released a bit of bad for the team noting the young quarterback was scheduled to have season ending surgery to repair the torn ACL.
Before the injury, Oklahoma's starting quarterback amassed 2,197 yards along with 14 touchdown passes. In a twist of events, the Oklahoma Sooners received good news as Trevor Knight has been cleared to play. A bit of a revival could be coming for an air raid that has averaged under 100 yards per game over the previous three outings.
BREAKING - QB @trevor_knight9 cleared to practice & play! Prepping for @RussellAthBowl w teammates now! pic.twitter.com/Fyd0MIpRtg— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) December 13, 2014
Scrambling on fourth down against the Baylor Bears in a game that was clearly out of hand, Knight took a shot in the backfield leaving him nearly motionless on the field. Later diagnosed as transient quadriplegia, reports flowed out of multiple outlets saying it's the type of injury that has ended other players' careers. Fortunately, that is not the case for Knight.
While health and a future career remain at the forefront of everyone's mind for both these players, Knight should be ready to go for the Russell Athletic Bowl giving Oklahoma their best shot at winning.