Power Ranking Potential Transfer Options for Ex-Oklahoma QB Kendal Thompson
Transfer season is in full swing, and the latest player to announce a departure is Oklahoma quarterback Kendal Thompson.
Thompson announced on his Twitter account earlier this week that he would transfer to another program after graduating in May. With as deep as Oklahoma's quarterback depth chart is, Thompson was going to have a lot of competition for playing time.
Redshirt freshman Trevor Knight looks like he'll head into spring practice as the favorite to start in 2014 after his four-touchdown performance in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama. The Sooners also have Blake Bell, Cody Thomas and incoming freshman Justice Hansen.
Because Thompson will have received his degree, he will be able to play elsewhere immediately and should have two years of eligibility remaining.
Although it's not official, Oklahoma could theoretically block Thompson from receiving a grant-in-aid to another Big 12 school, or a school that appears on a future schedule. With those potential restrictions in mind, here are five schools who could use Thompson.
All ranking references courtesy of 247Sports.com.
Ohio had success with another dual-threat transfer not too long ago: Boo Jackson.
Jackson's career got cut short due to injury, but not before he threw for 4,446 yards and ran for another 699.
The Bobcats lose senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton and there's a ton of inexperience that will compete to be the starting quarterback next season. The only quarterback who is verbally committed for the 2014 class is 3-star Joey Duckworth.
Ohio runs an offense with multiple looks, but it has had success with dual-threat quarterbacks like Jackson and Tettleton. Could Thompson be the next one?
4. Southern Miss
Southern Miss has been an absolute mess for the past two seasons, winning just one game. Among the issues the Golden Eagles have, and there are many, is at quarterback.
Freshman Nick Mullens ended up playing most of last season after head coach Todd Monken demoted senior and Cal transfer Allan Bridgford. It was a trial by fire indeed, as Mullens completed less than 50 percent of his passes and threw 14 interceptions to 13 touchdowns.
Mullens may make a big jump from Year 1 to Year 2, but Thompson should be able to join the quarterback competition with a decent chance to win the job if he transfers to Southern Miss.
Monken likes to spread the ball around on offense, which would fit Thompson's skill set.
3. North Texas
North Texas is also looking for a quarterback with the departure of senior Derek Thompson. The Mean Green have potentially two quarterbacks joining the team in 2014: Navarro College transfer Josh Greer and 2-star prospect Connor Means.
Still, this is a quarterback group that is dreadfully inexperienced. Earlier this month, the university announced that quarterback and Kansas transfer Brock Berglund had left the program.
Kendal Thompson doesn't have a ton of experience either, but he would add another name to the competition.
North Texas has run a more pro-style offense in the past couple of years. With Thompson's athleticism, though, the Mean Green could get him involved in the ground game in a variety of ways.
Troy's top two passers from 2013, Corey Robinson and Deon Anthony, are seniors. So the Trojans will be going in a new direction at quarterback next season. Sophomore Dallas Tidwell has great physical tools at 6'7" and 232 pounds, but he's attempted just 19 passes in two years.
That provides an opportunity for Thompson to slide right in and compete for a starting job right away.
Longtime coach Larry Blakeney has developed Troy into a competitive football program with a nearly seamless transition from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Blakeney has also built a consistent reputation of fielding high-powered offenses. In '13, Troy finished 13th in passing offense and scored over 34 points a game.
If Thompson wants a place where he can score points, Troy would be a good destination.
Head coach Todd Berry has made Louisiana-Monroe into Louisiana-Funroe, one of the most exciting non-BCS teams in recent years.
In 2012, the Warhawks upset Arkansas and gave Baylor and Auburn everything they could handle.
Senior quarterback Kolton Browning is departing after a stellar career. Frankly, ULM doesn't have many options to succeed him. Sophomore Brayle Brown saw meaningful playing time in 2013, but threw one touchdown to six interceptions.
ULM would be a good landing spot for someone with Thompson's athleticism. Browning was a great dual-threat quarterback, so the offense suits what Thompson is able to do.
The Warhawks appear on Oklahoma's 2016 schedule, but Thompson should be gone by then. That means there shouldn't be an issue should Thompson decide to go to Lousiana-Monroe.