“That’s kind of one of things that sped this process up more than we initially thought,” Thompson said. “I was going to take all my visits during the spring and go look at some other schools. Louisville was actually where I thought I was going to go. Things got changed around and Utah came out on top. Those (grad school) application deadlines were coming up pretty quick. I kind of just wanted to pick a school so I can get all the stuff I needed to get into grad school.”
After two years of lurking on the quarterback depth chart behind Landry Jones, Thompson came into this season looking to battle for a starting spot. However, a fractured foot during the first week of practice derailed his plans of taking over as starter.
While Trevor Knight and Blake Bell took turns getting the starting nod, Thompson rehabbed and waited for his turn.
“The injury kind of set me back as far as I was in the thick of the quarterback battle,” Thompson said. “A battle that I think I had a good chance at winning. You have two guys in Blake and Trevor that gained some playing experience over me. It was just one of those deals where once you get behind the eight-ball like that, it’s kind of hard to fight back up hill. I just felt it was time to go somewhere else and start from ground zero.”
Thompson said he didn’t come to this decision easily. As someone who once said he was born with the Sooners in his blood, he gave himself every argument to stay at Oklahoma and see what happens. He appeared in just two games last season, completing 4-of-13 passes for 64 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
But the reality that OU had settled on Knight as their future was set in stone after the Sooners defeated Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.