College Football's New Look

"I think he had a great spring."

Meyer helped set up a meeting between Miller and Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly to talk shop, and more of those types of informational sessions are still planned -- including practice runs the Buckeyes are putting together to simulate ESPN analyst Jon Gruden's "QB Camp."

Another potentially valuable silver lining to not having the starter taking snaps this spring: The coaching staff got to take a closer look at the candidates to fill Kenny Guiton's spot as the backup, a role that was critical in a handful of wins the past two seasons when Miller was forced to the sideline due to injury.

Ideally, the Buckeyes won't have to worry much about those health concerns in the fall if they're going to make a run at a title. But in the spring, they had no problem with it at all.

NORMAN, Okla. -- The breaking point for Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight came midway through spring practice in 2013.

Coming off a redshirt season at OU in 2012, Knight was battling Blake Bell and Kendal Thompson for the Sooners' starting job. But after a couple of weeks of spring practice, Knight looked and felt like the team's third-best quarterback.

"It was stressful," Knight recalled. "It was really the first adversity I'd faced in sports."

But after Knight led the Sooners to a 45-31 upset of No. 3 Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, he's the Sooners' undisputed starter at quarterback. He completed 32 of 44 passes for 348 yards with four touchdowns, the most completions ever allowed by a Nick Saban-coached Crimson Tide defense.

"It's what we expected from him all along," OU coach Bob Stoops said.

With one breakout performance, Knight went from relative anonymity to celebrity on the OU campus. No matter where Knight goes, from sporting events to restaurants, he's a popular target for autographs and photographs.

"It's sort of amusing for us friends," said OU center Ty Darlington, Knight's roommate. "We walk into a room with him and wait for the moment we see the recognition in their eyes, and people start whispering when they notice him. It always happens."

In only a few short months, Knight has gone from an unknown to the leader of OU's offense. During the offseason, Bell volunteered to move to tight end and Thompson transferred to Utah, leaving Knight as the Sooners' elder statesman under center.

Knight isn't looking over his shoulder anymore -- unless it's for someone seeking his autograph.

"This allows me to step into a leadership role maybe a little bit easier than it would have been," Knight said. "It's a good feeling. I have a good grasp of what's going on, and I feel like the guys are rallying behind me. I'm just being able to pour my confidence into them and be able to play."

EUGENE, Ore. -- They pride themselves on continuity at Oregon. In the past two decades, the football program has been handed down from head coach to offensive coordinator. Rich Brooks took the Ducks to the 1995 Rose Bowl and handed it over to Mike Bellotti, whose 2001 team should have played for the BCS title and didn't. Bellotti handed his program over to Chip Kelly, and Oregon lost the 2011 BCS championship to Auburn on the last play of the game.

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