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November 20, 2013

QB competition turns into three man race at OU

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MOORE —

Now that Thompson, who was injured in the preseason, has finally shown what he can do, fans are hoping to see more from him in the team’s final two games.

“He’s been doing a great job,” Stoops said. “We’ve been comfortable and felt Kendal, when he has his opportunity, will handle it well, and he went in there and did it, to no surprise to us. We felt he’s a talented guy. He’s got confidence. He went in there and did a nice job.”

With the success of Knight and Thompson and the inconsistency of Bell, Stoops was asked if the quarterback competition was back open during practice this week.

“There is a competition every week,” Stoops said. “Certainly there will be competition.”

Regardless of who starts the game or is taking snaps, the rest of the Sooners are saying publicly they have confidence in all three.

“I will be comfortable to whoever is going to hand the ball off to me,” Clay said. “Whoever is going to come in is going to be fine. They all prepare throughout the week and do a great job. Coach (Josh) Heupel does a great job of getting them right. I feel confident with whoever is in there.”

Oklahoma heads into its game against the Wildcats feeling better about its quarterback position than how it felt coming out of its loss to Baylor. If Bell is able to play this week, Stoops and his coaches have three players to choose from who have shown they can run the offense in different ways.

“I was so excited to see Kendal out there,” Clay said. “He did a great job stepping in. We were excited to see the young guys get out there. He did a great job delivering the ball downfield to Lacolton (Bester) and making a few guys miss as well when he pulled the ball on the read option.”

Michael Kinney Follow me @eyeamtruth mkinney@normantranscript.com

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