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OU football: Charles Thompson's opinion is son Kendal should get chance at quarterbacking Sooners

Charles Thompson insists that when he expresses his opinion, it's as a former player and fan who loves the program — and not necessarily as Kendal's dad.
by Jason Kersey Published: November 13, 2013

“I don't care if Kendal's the quarterback or not. I want to see OU be an elite program. I want to see us win on the big stage, continue to be feared and intimidated like Alabama.”

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said he's not going to experiment with another new quarterback after nine games have been played.

“It's no one's fault that he was injured, and he missed 40 practices to start the year,” Stoops said.

Co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said the timing of Kendal Thompson's injury was unfortunate because it has made it tough for him to get many practice snaps.

“It's difficult to get three different guys ready and give them the amount of reps that they need to improve and be ready,” Norvell said. “That's the tricky part of it.”

Charles Thompson said that — based on the inconsistent performance he's seen from Bell and Knight — he doesn't understand why Kendal wouldn't at least get an opportunity to show what he can do “when the band's playing.”

“At the end of the day, I don't care how good somebody is doing in practice, sometimes it simply comes down to that,” he said. “What can you do when the band's playing?

“You look at Johnny Manziel. Kevin Sumlin has openly admitted that if you go just by practice alone, he probably wouldn't have given Manziel the opportunity he ultimately ended up taking advantage of.

“I don't want this to come off like I'm ripping Bob and those guys. At the end of the day, the coaches make the decisions of who they want to put on the field. Whether I agree with them or not, Bob Stoops has had a great amount of success.”