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Oklahoma sophomore quarterback Kendal Thompson arrested in Norman

by Jason Kersey Modified: May 10, 2013 at 6:00 pm •  Published: May 10, 2013

NORMAN — Oklahoma’s battle to replace four-year starting quarterback Landry Jones remained unsettled after spring football practices.

Sophomore Kendal Thompson’s chances of winning the job might have taken a hit after his early morning arrest Friday a complaint of public intoxication and interference with official process.

According to a Norman Police Department affidavit, police were responding to a loud party at a Norman apartment when they noticed Thompson lying asleep in the grass on a hill leading up to the complex. When an officer approached Thompson, he noticed “a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage,” the affidavit states.
Thompson allegedly refused to obey orders, spoke in incoherent sentences and kept trying to walk away from the officers.

The affidavit states that Thompson was arrested “after a struggle.”

Thompson, who played high school football at Southmoore, is currently battling junior Blake Bell and redshirt freshman Trevor Knight for Oklahoma’s starting quarterback position.

He is the son of former OU quarterback Charles Thompson.

“We are aware of the matter and are handling it internally,” an OU Athletics spokesperson said of Thompson’s arrest.

Bell entered OU’s spring football practices as the prohibitive favorite to replace Jones, but Thompson and Knight each performed well thoughout the spring. Coaches insisted the competition was far from settled.

Bell started the spring game, completing 14 of 23 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns. Thompson went 8 of 15 for 86 yards and a score, while Knight was 11 of 17 with 151 yards and touchdown.

Under Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, offseason arrests have typically resulted in suspensions for the next year’s opening game. The Sooners open the 2013 season Aug. 31 at home against Louisiana-Monroe.

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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