Oklahoma football: Quarterback Kendal Thompson announces that he's transferring

Kendal Thompson announced Tuesday evening via Twitter his intention to graduate in May and transfer to another college football program, theoretically leaving him two years of eligibility because of special NCAA graduate transfer rules.
by Jason Kersey Published: January 21, 2014

NORMAN — With Trevor Knight's Sugar Bowl MVP performance effectively ending the 2014 Oklahoma quarterback battle before it began, at least one Sooner signal caller has elected to transfer.

Kendal Thompson announced Tuesday evening via Twitter his intention to graduate in May and transfer to another college football program, theoretically leaving him two years of eligibility because of special NCAA graduate transfer rules.

“Enjoyed the 3 years that I spent at OU and appreciate all the support and love that this program has shown me,” Thompson tweeted. “But I believe that God has another path in store for me.”

An OU spokesman declined to comment on Thompson's announcement.

Thompson, the son of former OU quarterback Charles Thompson, appeared in two games as a Sooner, both of which came during his just-completed redshirt sophomore season.

He competed with Knight and Blake Bell to become Oklahoma's starting quarterback last spring, but suffered a foot injury on the first day of fall camp. Knight initially won the job, but Bell took over after two games.

Bell started eight games, looking brilliant at times and struggling at others, leading many — Charles Thompson included — to publicly lobby for Kendal to get an opportunity.

When Bell left the Sooners' Nov. 16 home win over Iowa State with an early concussion, Knight took over the offense and led OU to a convincing victory. The Sooners led 41-10 with 6:42 remaining in the game when Thompson finally made his much-anticipated OU debut.

He completed a 44-yard pass to Lacoltan Bester, and four plays later, threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Ripkowski.

Knight started the Sooners' season finale at Oklahoma State a few weeks later, but left with a shoulder injury late in the first half. Thompson replaced him to start the third quarter, but threw an ugly interception on the very first play from scrimmage.

He played most of the quarter before OU coaches turned to Bell, who led the Sooners on a game-winning touchdown drive with just over a minute remaining on the clock.


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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