Oklahoma sophomore quarterback Kendal Thompson received the endorsement of Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper during Saturday's 36-20 loss to Texas.
“Put KENDAL THOMPSON in! Give him a shot!” Harper tweeted during the Red River Rivalry game as Blake Bell struggled through his worst game yet as starting quarterback
Thompson and Harper played on the same summer baseball team for two years, and played against each other one year, spanning from when Thompson was 12-14 years old.
The two remain close friends and speak often.
In 2009, Harper played on Westmoore's summer baseball team, which was coached by Kevin Winterrowd, who was Harper's coach at the 2008 USA Baseball Trials in Miami.
Bell, Thompson and redshirt freshman Trevor Knight competed throughout the spring and fall camp for the job, which initially went to Knight.
Thompson suffered a foot injury early in fall camp, before the quarterback derby was decided, and only returned to practice a few weeks ago.
Bell replaced Knight in the fourth quarter of Oklahoma's 16-7 win over West Virginia in Week 2 and has started every game since then. Thompson still hasn't entered a game yet this season.
MIKE STOOPS: TEXAS GAME PLAN ‘WASN'T GREAT'
Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said after Monday's practice that Saturday was “a bad day for everyone,” involved in the Sooners' loss to Texas.
“It was a collection of missed assignments and being out-executed, is really what it gets down to,” Stoops said. “Certainly not being able to get off the field on third down and playing 82 or 85 snaps or whatever is too many for us.
“The game plan wasn't great, our execution wasn't great, third down wasn't great. There's nothing real positive. The kids played hard but we were just off. They were one step ahead of us all day. … You get frustrated and there weren't any good calls Saturday and it tells you we just weren't good enough.”
After Stoops' admission that the game plan wasn't as good as it needed to be, he was asked what he wishes he'd done different schematically.
“I'm not going to get into that,” he responded. “It just wasn't good enough. What we didn't wasn't good enough anywhere, whether it was first down, second down or third down, there was nothing that was real good. That tells you we were a little off in our game plan.”
Stoops said there aren't any “magical calls” that would've corrected the Sooners' third-down woes, though, and that it ultimately comes down to players executing.
“It's about how your players play and how the other team attacks you as well,” Stoops said. “You've got to try and scheme things, and we thought we had a good plan but they made all the plays. That happens and that's to their credit.”
WILLIAMS: OU DIDN'T PLAY HARD ENOUGH
Oklahoma junior offensive tackle Daryl Williams didn't say much during his session with reporters Monday afternoon.
But Williams — who was clearly still upset about Saturday's 36-20 loss to Texas — did drop one interesting confession when asked what surprised him the most about the game.
“I don't think we played as hard as we could have,” Williams said.
He added that he didn't think it would be a problem before the game started, but that he began noticing it during, and especially after, the game.
Redshirt freshman cornerback Zack Sanchez, on the bus ride home after Saturday's loss: “Silence. A lot of guys just in their own zone, probably just thinking about plays in the game that we should have made, could have made. It was just silence.”