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Former OU Quarterback To Utah?

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Quarterback Kendal Thompson, pictured playing against Oklahoma State in December, visited Utah as he decides which school will be his next destination. Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images.
Quarterback Kendal Thompson, pictured playing against Oklahoma State in December, visited Utah as he decides which school will be his next destination. Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images.


There are three ways college football teams can fill a need for a starting quarterback: Recruit one, promote a backup or welcome a transfer.

Utah reportedly is considering the latter as promising starter Travis Wilson may never play again after lingering concussion issues.

Former Oklahoma quarterback Kendal Thompson announced his intention to transfer from the Sooners earlier this month once it became clear that Trevor Knight will own the starting job in 2014. Thompson, who plans to graduate this May, will be eligible to play for an FBS school immediately for two seasons.

His first stop? Utah, according to NewsOK.com. A source told The Daily Oklahoman that as many as 42 FBS or FCS schools have expressed interest in Thompson, a three-star member of the 2011 class who played in just two games at OU.

The Utes, who have hired a new offensive coordinator seemingly every season since the Clinton administration, are desperate to find enough offense to compete in the Pac-12 and save coach Kyle Whittingham's job.

Thompson and Blake Bell each competed with Knight for the starting job last spring, but the latter enjoyed a breakout performance in a Sugar Bowl win against Alabama and appears set to lead Oklahoma into 2014. Rather than transfer, Bell elected to switch positions and will practice at tight end.

Thompson reportedly will visit four other schools before making a decision.