The Moore American

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March 5, 2014

Fresh start

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MOORE —

“A week after the Sugar bowl... it was kind of in that reloading stage,” Thompson said. “Football is an all year around sport. It was kind of in that stage where you have to settle down and get ready to go back to work. I kind of sat down and thought, if I’m going to be doing all this work, I want to go somewhere and put in time to be the guy. I felt I had the potential to be starting quarterback somewhere.”

Thompson said he doesn’t hold any grudges on the way things ended at OU. He didn’t say whether or not he thought he received a fair shot at starting this year, but did say he understood the coaches point of view.

“You kind of have to work week to week,” Thompson said. “You have two guys in Blake and Trevor who already had playing experience and already had continuity with the offense. Then you have a guy, as in me, that missed fall camp. SO I can see where they were coming from as far as a coaching stand point.”

When Thompson arrived at Oklahoma in 2010, he was one of four Southmoore players on the roster. With his departure, that leaves just Julian Wilson as the last remaining former SaberCat.

Before he begins his new life in Utah, Thompson admitted he his time at Oklahoma was a great learning experience.

“The main thing is I grew as a player,” Thompson said. “Getting those years under coach (Josh) Heupal. He is a great coach. I think he helped me grow tremendously as a player. Sitting those two years behind Landry Jones also helped me grow as player. He was a very intelligent player and that was a part of my game that needed to grow when I got to college.”

Michael Kinney Follow me @eyeamtruth mkinney@normantranscript.com

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