With the news earlier this week.....wait. Let me start over.
With the news of Kendal Thompson's return, that our own Matt Hofeld broke this past Sunday on CCM's Sooner Nation podcast, many have started to wonder just what role he could play in this OU offense going forward.
As many of you will remember, there were conflicting reports on all three Oklahoma quarterbacks throughout spring and fall practices. Up until the announcement of Trevor Knight as the starter, depending on the day you could be led to believe that either Knight, Thompson, or Blake Bell were expected to win the starting job. Obviously we know what happened back then and are just as aware as to where things stand today.
Knight lost the starting job either due to an injury or performance depending on which side of the fence you reside. Bell has been named the starter in his place and is expected to be given every opportunity this coming Saturday against Tulsa to grab the job and potentially never look back.
But what happens if Bell struggles against the Golden Hurricanes? Would Bob Stoops and Josh Heupel be forced to even further complicate the quarterback situation by adding Thompson to the mix? What if, in this particular scenario, Thompson comes in and lights it up? Then who starts the Notre Dame game?
Working against Thompson is the fact he has been out since the first day of fall camp and will enter Saturday's game with just five days of practice under his belt to work off the rust. Is it realistic to expect if he's called upon to relieve Bell that he'll even be ready?
On the flip side of that coin, let's say Bell comes out and plays incredibly well. Oklahoma is able to secure a comfortable enough lead in the game where an opportunity arises to work Thompson in. Is this something the OU coaches take advantage of, again if given the chance?
Seems to make a lot of sense, right? There is a chance Knight could likely be out longer than the one, possibly two weeks, Stoops alluded to in his Monday press conference. Stands to reason you would like to have a capable and prepared backup not named Cody Thomas (not for a lack of talent, but for a lack of intelligence in burning his redshirt) should something happen to Bell.
There is very little point to ask you which of the above scenarios you would prefer to take place. Obviously every OU fan would prefer Bell to play great, blowout Tulsa, get Thompson some action, and head into the bye week prior to Notre Dame confident once again in your quarterback.
What we want to know from you is which, if any, of these scenarios to you think is going to happen? Do you think Kendal Thompson will see the field on Saturday? If so, what type of role will it be? A running out the clock, get the game over with type of role? Or in relief of a struggling Blake Bell and OU offense? Or simply not at all?
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