Over the summer months, SoonerNation will take a closer look at each scholarship player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. We'll analyze each player’s impact on the program since they arrived on campus, their potential impact this fall and their long-term impact in the daily series. Starting with No. 1 Tony Jefferson, the series will go in numerical order until our final analysis of No. 98 Chuka Ndulue.
No. 11 Kendal Thompson
Quarterback, 6-foot-1, 170 pounds
Impact so far: Thompson redshirted during his first year on campus in 2011 and played scout team quarterback. Teammates on the defensive side of the ball have lauded his athletic ability and elusiveness.
This spring, fellow quarterback Drew Allen went out of his way to speak highly of Thompson’s mental focus despite the limited practice reps he receives. While he hasn’t made an impact on the field, Thompson has flashed the attributes that could make him a run-pass threat in the future.
Impact in 2012: Although his talents could be utilized in the “Belldozer” package, don’t expect Thompson to make any type of impact as a redshirt freshman unless the injury bug destroys the Sooners quarterback depth.
Impact in 2013 and beyond: Thompson could be considered a dark-horse candidate in the battle to win the starting job in 2013. But with Blake Bell and Allen ahead of him, he has a long and obstacle-filled journey to winning the job and he’d have to make major strides to pass those two on the depth chart.
As he reaches his junior and senior seasons, he should be a lot more comfortable in the offense and thus able to use his feet to bring an unusual element to the offense. But there’s no guarantee he beats out 2012 signee Trevor Knight -- or any other signee the Sooners bring in over the next few recruiting classes -- to secure the job in 2014 or 2015.