Whether or not he’s up to speed is something OU won’t really know until he plays in a game.
“It’s hard to tell until you get any type of game speed in practice,” fullback Trey Millard said when asked how Thompson has performed since returning to practice. “You’re kind of going with the scouts a lot and it’s not quite the same speed, so maybe, but you can’t tell how much.”
Offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said Thompson’s arm appears to be fine.
“He’s done a good job trying to keep his arm in shape. Once he was able to be in the boot and put pressure on it, he did a good job of throwing. Other than just having to get through his progressions and get the feel of the game, get the speed of it, he’s doing good.”
Knew the risks: Adding quarterback runs to the game plan comes at a risk. After two games, it’s already lost Knight for at least Saturday’s game. If something were to happen to Bell Saturday, OU could be looking at a scenario where true freshman Cody Thomas might have to burn his redshirt.
“Was I aware that it could happen? Sure. We’re not fools,” Stoops said. “Absolutely, it’s something you have to be aware of. A lot of people seem to do it and it works pretty well. Every now and then that’s going to happen.”
Heupel said, however, he’s less concerned about injuries when quarterbacks are running.
“The hits in the pocket are extremely violent when you’re in an unprotected position and exposed,” he said