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Oklahoma football: Bryce Harper tweets support for Kendal Thompson

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: October 15, 2013

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.


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.”

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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