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Oklahoma Sooners football recruiting: Kendal Thompson to transfer schools

Oklahoma Sooners Kendal Thompson to transfer
Oklahoma Sooners Kendal Thompson to transfer
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Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kendal Thompson announced on Jan. 21 that he plans on graduating from OU in May and then plans on transferring to another school so he can have a chance to start. According to, Thompson made the announcement on his Twitter account.

The biggest surprise here is that Kendal Thompson is graduating. He is just a redshirt sophomore at Oklahoma after starting school in the spring semester of 2011. That means that Thompson will get his communications degree in just 3.5 years.

Since Thompson red-shirted his first season, he will have two years of eligibility remaining and since he is graduating before transferring, he will be able to start immediately for whoever he transfers to. He will then be able to work on a post-graduate degree while playing his final two seasons of college football.

With Trevor Knight showing how great he could be in the Sugar Bowl win over Alabama, and Blake Bell returning as his backup, Kendal Thompson seemed like the odd man out with little to no chance to start for OU at all. With Justice Hanson coming in as a freshman in 2014, Thompson realized he only had one option to actually get to play college football.

Kendal Thompson thanked the fans and university for their love and support and he feels that he needs to follow another path. After red-shirting in 2011, he didn't play in a game in 2012 and then played in two games in 2013, completing four of 13 passes for 64 yards and a touchdown while rushing twice for 21 yards.