The Moore American


April 17, 2013

Thompson Ready to step up at OU

Former Southmoore QB Kendal Thompson making moves during spring game



Overall, the Sooners coaching staff liked what they saw from their signal callers.

“I thought the quarterbacks all did a nice job,” coach Bob Stoops said. “Each of them don’t have their full assortment of personnel out there, there are some excellent players that did not play: you look at guys like Jalen Saunders, Trey Millard for sure, and then some of the injuries up front, so they played with a little bit of a tougher hand but that is good. You get a chance to see them stretched out in some tough situations but I thought overall that they did a nice job.”

Regardless of who gets the starting job, all three of them bring mobility to the position, which was absent during the Jones era.

“It will be different,” Co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. “You saw that today because our guys will take off a little more than Landry probably did, during the course of the game or season. “It helps for the continuity of the offense. I was here when Jason White was the quarterback. After his knee surgeries he didn’t have a ton of mobility. Paul Thompson was the backup and we were able to work both types of systems without it being a major overhaul for our guys. I think it does help that all three are somewhat similar, but it doesn’t kill you if they are not.”

Even though Thompson ran for only 36 yards, his mobility behind the line of scrimmage was evident to the fans and OU defenders chasing him.

“Kendal is so quick and elusive, you think you got him and the next thing you know he’s 10 yards down the field and you’re chasing him,” Geneo Grissom said. “We have a lot of guys who can do it, we have Roy (Finch) and Trevor (Knight) and Blake (Bell). Blake is big and strong but he’s pretty shifty, too.”

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