Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Kendal Thompson impresses in OU debut
By Brandon Chatmon
Oklahoma fans got their first glimpse of redshirt freshman quarterback Kendal Thompson on Saturday, as he went 7-of-9 for 42 yards and one touchdown and led the offense on its game-winning drive in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
“I thought he did really well,” quarterback Drew Allen said. “[With] his composure and he way he ran the offense. The thing I’ve noticed about him, he might not get as many reps as everybody (but) he works hard mentally to make sure he is compared so when he does go out there, he does what he did today.”
The elusive signal-caller also rushed for 25 yards on three carries. It was obvious it could take a while for Thompson to get comfortable sitting back in the pocket but he looked at home in the open field, eluding defenders.
“He kind of reminds me of RGIII with the way he moves and is so elusive,” linebacker Corey Nelson said, comparing Thompson to Baylor's Heisman-winning signal-caller, Robert Griffin III. ‘He’s so accurate with his passes, he did very well.”