The Norman Transcript

February 26, 2014

Sooner backup quarterback transferring to Utah

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Former Oklahoma quarterback Kendal Thompson will transfer to Utah. The Utes made the announcement via Twitter on Wednesday.

Thompson, a former Southmoore standout and the son of former Sooner quarterback Charles Thompson, is still enrolled at OU and is expected to graduate in May. If he does graduate, he will be immediately eligible to play for the Utes and have two years of eligibility remaining.

Thompson was OU’s No. 3 quarterback for most of the 2013 season. He played in two games, throwing for 64 yards and a touchdown.

But his 2013 season was marred by a broken foot that kept him out of preseason practice while Trevor Knight and Blake Bell battled for the starting job.

Knight’s performance in the three games of the regular season and the Sugar Bowl offensive MVP performance at the end the year solidified him as the starter going into the 2014 season.

Utah finished ninth in the Pac-12 in passing yards (236.25 per game) and 10th in points scored (29.2 per game) in 2013. Thompson will have to battle a pair of returning starters for the quarterback job. Sophomores Travis Wilson and Adam Schulz split time at the position in 2013.