Kendal Thompson's arrest gives leeway to Blake Bell
According to USA Today, Sooners quarterback Kendal Thompson was arrested early Friday morning and charged with public intoxication and interference.
SoonerScoop.com tells us that police were responding to a loud party complaint when Thompson was found sleeping on a hill. Here, an officer smelled alcohol on Thompson’s breath.
"As I was speaking with him, he was not making sense with incomplete sentences and was becoming harder to understand him," said officer Steven Boxford in the affidavit.
Like most under a heavy influence of alcohol, Thompson would not obey the officer’s commands—probably completely unaware of his surroundings—which led to Thompson’s interference charge as well.
Thompson, a sophomore, has been vying for the starting job since Jones’ departure with counterparts Trevor Knight (a freshman) and Blake Bell (the favorite).
The left-handed gunslinger has shown signs that he could lead Oklahoma’s high-powered offensive attack. He’s the ideal candidate for offensive coordinator Josh Heupel’s new-look offense, which relies on the quarterback’s ability to spread the field with passing ability and mobility.
“He’s extremely competitive, had a great offseason physically, grown a lot mentally from where he was a year ago,” Heupel said of Thompson.
Still, Thompson hasn’t been able to separate himself from the rest of the pack due to inconsistency. And although he’s just days away from his 21st birthday, his arrest will not help his chances to become the next Sooner field general.
In fact, it may have finalized Stoops’ decision to give Bell the nod.
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