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Oklahoma football: Quarterback Kendal Thompson impressive in much-anticipated debut

by Ryan Aber Published: November 16, 2013


photo - Oklahoma quarterback Kendal Thompson passes against Iowa State in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.  Oklahoma won 48-10. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Oklahoma quarterback Kendal Thompson passes against Iowa State in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Oklahoma won 48-10. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

Trevor Knight's performance in relief of Bell certainly went a long way toward earning him another start next week against Kansas State.

But Thompson's performance, even in a limited sample size at the end of a blowout game, certainly had the looks of an audition.

He had two carries for 21 yards, showing the mobility that has made Knight an effective option and with his 47 yards on four passing attempts showed that he came move the ball down the field through the air a bit, which the Sooners have struggled with much of the season.

“Kendal came in at the end and also did a nice job,” Stoops said. “Those guys, it's exciting as a coach to see guys come in who haven't played a ton and they're ready for the moment and they take advantage of it and play well.”

Thompson fell behind Bell and Knight after suffering an injury very early in practice.

“A lot of people have been waiting to see Kendal play,” Sooners wide receiver Jalen Saunders said. “I feel like he went into the game and played really well.”

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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