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Q and A with Utah beat writer Lya Wodraska on Kendal Thompson transfer

by Ryan Aber Published: February 26, 2014
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Now that former Oklahoma quarterback Kendal Thompson has announced his intention to transfer to Utah, it’s time to look at how Thompson fits in at his new destination.

Thompson, who spent most of this season as the No. 3 quarterback with the Sooners, earning playing time against Iowa State and Oklahoma State.

After Trevor Knight‘s performance in the Sugar Bowl win over Alabama, Thompson announced his intention to transfer.

Thompson, a former Southmoore standout, will be competing with Travis Wilson for the starting quarterback job. Wilson is suffering from an intracranial arterial condition that ended his 2013 season after he suffered a concussion on Nov. 9 against Arizona State. Wilson was recently cleared to participate in non-contact drills during spring practice.

Lya Wodraska (@LyaWodraska), the Utah beat writer for the Salt Lake Tribune took time to talk about Thompson’s transfer and his potential impact with the Utes:

How does Kendal Thompson fit into the Utes quarterback race for the 2014 and 2015?

The Utes have said that if Wilson is healthy, he will resume the role of starter, that being said, no role is ever guaranteed, so if Wilson struggles like he did in 2013, expect the QB race to open again.

How much has Travis Wilson’s condition and the uncertainty surrounding it led to Utah pursuing Thompson?

Certainly Wilson’s health status played a part in the recruiting of Thompson, as did the fact that the Utes have a poor history of keeping QBs healthy recently with Brian Johnson being the last to make it through an entire season, doing so in 2008 when the Utes went undefeated.

Since then the QBs have struggled, and as a result so have the Utes overall. They’ve been caught short before when they’ve needed a healthy QB, apparently they don’t want it to happen again.

Utah’s offense is in a bit of a transition now with Dave Christensen taking over as OC. What kind of offense is he planning on running and does that help Thompson’s chances of earning playing time?

Christensen said he will keep the offense similar to what the Utes have run. He is Whittingham’s seventh offensive coordinator and Whittingham is mindful too much change could be detrimental. Surely Christensen will put his stamp on the offense, but a total overhaul isn’t expected.


by Ryan Aber
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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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