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Oklahoma football: Kendal Thompson hopes to see Auburn-like transformation at Utah

An intense position battle won’t be anything new for Kendal Thompson, who was in the thick of the Sooners’ quarterback derby through last spring. He says the right quarterback and a new coordinator can take a team a long way.
by Jason Kersey Published: February 27, 2014

Travis Wilson, Utah’s starting quarterback last year, has been cleared for non-contact participation after missing the last three games of last season with a intracranial artery injury.

Charles Thompson said, though, that his son has been told that “once he gets off the plane in June, he will come in at least sharing first-team reps, and will be given every opportunity to be the guy from Day 1.”

An intense position battle won’t be anything new for Kendal Thompson, who was in the thick of the Sooners’ quarterback derby through last spring until breaking his foot on the first day of fall camp.

Knight was named the starter initially, but Bell took over after two games. Thompson played late in the Sooners’ Nov. 16 rout of Iowa State, and started the second half of Bedlam after Knight was injured. He threw an interception on the first play from scrimmage and was eventually replaced by Bell in that game.

“I didn’t wanna go to a school where they were gonna just hand me the job, because that means the level of talent there isn’t really up to par,” Thompson said. “I’m a competitive guy. I’ve been through a battle before — one that I think I was doing pretty well in — so I know what it takes and I know what I have to do to win that battle.

“Just hopefully this time — I don’t wanna jinx myself — but hopefully I don’t break my foot the first day of camp.”

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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