QB Kendal Thompson to transfer amid OU logjam at quarterback

January 30, 2014

Oklahoma quarterback Kendal Thompson will transfer after his graduation in May.

Thompson, who was a redshirt sophomore in 2013, will be able to play immediately at a new school and will have two years of eligibility left due to NCAA rules about graduation.

Thompson was the third team quarterback behind Trevor Knight and Blake Bell for the Sooners. Knight is firmly established as the presumed starter this year following a great performance against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Knight was named most valuable player in that upset win.

Knight threw for four touchdowns and 348 yards against the Crimson Tide – one of the top rated defenses in the nation. OU won 41-35.

Thompson, the son of former OU quarterback Charles Thompson, was in the thick of the competition to start last fall but a foot injury set him back. Knight and Bell started all the games for the Sooners and Thompson saw only mop up duty.

Knight, Bell and redshirt freshman Cody Thomas have been joined by 2014 signee Justice Hansen from Edmond Santa Fe (who has already enrolled in classes this spring).

Bell could transfer and play immediately but has not said he would do so. A switch to tight end is also possible.

Former Texas Tech quarterback Baker Mayfield is enrolled at OU and will walk-on. Mayfield, a true freshman in 2013, lost an appeal to the NCAA for immediate eligibility at OU.