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  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Feb. 26, 2014 1:34 p.m.

    Good pickup for the Utes

  • redthunder Ogden, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 1:40 p.m.

    Wow!! The QB position literally went from rags to riches. The coaching staff is going to have quite the task deciding which of the QBs to play (Thompson, Wilson, or Isom). They can't afford to make a wrong choice. Pick the wrong QB and it may cost Whitt his job...also...not sure I like the idea of Aaron Roderick coaching QBs. That could prove to be problematic.

  • truthsandwich RANDOLPH, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 1:42 p.m.

    It's being reported that 42 D-1 programs have expressed interest in him since he announced he'd be transferring.

    Welcome to the Utah family!

    GO UTES!!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Feb. 26, 2014 1:43 p.m.

    Just two years ago, several Ute commenters were blasting BYU for having 5 QBs on the roster. It will be interesting to hear the spin on having 7 QBs.

    And many Utes have also taken shots at players like Badger who transferred from ND to BYU because he couldn't make the two deep on the ND roster. Well, I'm here to tell you, Thompson is coming to Utah because he couldn't make the two deep on the OK roster.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 1:47 p.m.

    So why's he transferring? If utah "fans" are not hypocritical then they will have to say it is because he simply wasn't good enough to play at oklahoma. But of course they won't say that, instead it will be something along the lines of this kid being the next andrew luck because the only players that choose utah are just to good for anywhere else.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 1:50 p.m.

    Then of course the next question should be why is utah giving a scholarship to a 7th qb? That doesn't show much confidence in the other 6 qb's they have on scholarship. utah "fans" were telling us a few years ago that BYU having 5 qb's was to many and showed that none of them were any good so what does having 7 of them say about the quality of them at utah?

    I'm excited to read the coming spin on this, it should be extremely amusing. lol

  • Hawkeye79 Iowa City, IA
    Feb. 26, 2014 1:53 p.m.

    "The left-handed Thompson completed 4-of-13 passes for 64 yards, one touchdown and an interception in two games last year for the Sooners."

    Well, here's hoping that he simply hasn't lived up to his potential so far. Those are pretty poor numbers.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Feb. 26, 2014 1:58 p.m.

    @Hawkeye79

    You're right...those are pretty poor numbers. They're not "Taysom Hill against decent competition" poor, but still poor.

    My guess is the starting QB for Utah this year is Wilson, with Manning and Thompson fighting it out for 2nd string.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 2:07 p.m.

    Seems to be another desperate move by Whitt. Quantity does not mean quality. We have 8% of our scholarships tied up in one position? Where's the logic in that?

  • truthsandwich RANDOLPH, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 2:08 p.m.

    We really don't know what kind of contribution he'll end up making to the program, but 42 schools wanted him, and the U got him.

    Predictably, this has already caused a lot of angst among the easily-angsted.

    lol

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 2:18 p.m.

    Welcome.

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 2:36 p.m.

    That sandwich isn't overly truthful. 42 programs "showing interest" isn't exactly the same as 42 programs "wanted him". Nice spin though. It fits in nicely with the "why we need 7 QBs at Utah" spin that's surely to follow.

  • nhatch82 Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 2:36 p.m.

    @Brave sir Robin

    "You're right...those are pretty poor numbers. They're not "Taysom Hill against decent competition" poor, but still poor."

    Let me get this straight. You are mocking the stats of Taysom Hill? Correct me if I am wrong but I do believe your projected started threw 6 picks in one game. That wasn't a typo that is literally the number 6. He threw 16 int's overall vs 16 td's in only 9 games. Taysom threw 14 pics vs 19 td's in 13 games. seems like you are confused with bad stats.

    Hopefully this Thompson kid is decent not a whole lot of experience to really tell. The utes have had some terrible luck with QB's and injuries. I guess we'll see how it plays out.

  • GoRed WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 2:43 p.m.

    Excellent pickup, Utes! I agree with redthunder. We've gone from rags to riches over the last year at our quarterback position. Now the problem will be in trying to find a place for each of these talented young players.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 26, 2014 3:01 p.m.

    Duckhunter
    Highland, UT

    utah "fans" were telling us a few years ago that BYU having 5 qb's was to many and showed that none of them were any good so what does having 7 of them say about the quality of them at utah?

    ----------

    Nope! None were good enough because they couldn't beat out Heisman Heaps and Dr. Riley.

    The quality of Utah 7 is still TBD.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 26, 2014 3:05 p.m.

    Hawkeye79
    Iowa City, IA

    "The left-handed Thompson completed 4-of-13 passes for 64 yards, one touchdown and an interception in two games last year for the Sooners."

    Well, here's hoping that he simply hasn't lived up to his potential so far. Those are pretty poor numbers.

    ----------

    Those are Tysom Hill numbers in 5 of 12 games as a starter.

  • 81Ute Central, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 3:05 p.m.

    @FT

    How do you know all QB players are on scholarship?

  • TFUDD SLC, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 3:07 p.m.

    It's safe to say OK has some decent quarterbacks in their stable. Thompson was unfortunate enough to get hurt early on and fall behind 2 pretty good quarterbacks in Bell and Knight. I'd imagine just because he's not as good as those 2 that he's till a pretty good quarterback. The Utes do need to figure out how to deal with 7 qb's because they need to create healthy competition rather than confusion/frustration.

  • Fight On! St George, Utah
    Feb. 26, 2014 3:12 p.m.

    truthsandwich,

    "We really don't know what kind of contribution he'll end up making to the program, but 42 schools wanted him, and the U got him."

    Umm...coming out of high school he only had 2 offers according to both Rivals and Scout. OU and Tulsa were the only ones to offer.

  • Protecting This House Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 3:21 p.m.

    From rags to riches. With the speedy receivers the Utes picked up, the QBs are licking their chops. Can't wait to see how this all pans out. Go Utes!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 26, 2014 3:21 p.m.

    Welcome to Ute Nation Kendall!

    Glad to see his arrival has created such a stir with our little brothers in blue.

    Go Utes!!

    Onward and Upward.

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    Feb. 26, 2014 3:47 p.m.

    Brave Robbie-

    ".those are pretty poor numbers. They're not "Taysom Hill against decent competition" poor, but still poor."

    Against Texas (Big 12 "power" like Oklahoma) Taysom Hill was 9 for 27 = 33%. On the other hand K. Thompson was 4 for 13 = 30.8%.

    So, if you wanna compare the two QBs vs. "decent competition," seems like Taysom Hill, on one of his worst days, was a better thrower than K. Thompson.

    Truthsand-

    Who "reported" that 42 D1 schools were interested? Chris B or the guys father/posse? I can't think of another PAC-12 school that would have wasted a scholarship in this manner.

    Finally, 5 is too many, but 7 is "just right." What are you, Goldilocks (in the Three Bears) tasting porridge?

  • ScooterZG Star, ID
    Feb. 26, 2014 3:47 p.m.

    Don't see how this has anything to do with BYU...why are you guys here again?

    Anyway...look beyond the numbers. If anyone bothers with doing an ounce of research you will see that this is a great pick-up.

    Thompson was a favorite to win the starting position at OU during Spring Ball. Unfortunately about half-way in he broke his foot. This sidelined him and put him behind the curve of the other two. Despite that, he still managed to see some garbage time after recovering from his injury.

    He again would have been in a prime contender spot heading into this season, but Trevor Knight's performance in the bowl game against Bama solidified him in the driver's seat.

    Stoops has been actively supporting Thompson, the coaches and fans all think he is a great QB and a great talent...the only reason Oklahoma is going with Knight is because he's a year younger. Thompson wants a more equal competitive field to try and earn a starting spot.

    Utah is getting a talented QB who will only up the level of competition at the position.

  • ScooterZG Star, ID
    Feb. 26, 2014 3:54 p.m.

    Fight On,

    Again, try to dig just a little deeper than that...I know you can.

    "Umm...coming out of high school he only had 2 offers according to both Rivals and Scout. OU and Tulsa were the only ones to offer."

    He committed to OU on 11/02/2009. He was a class of 2011 recruit. What does that mean? He was offered by OU during his Junior season in HS and committed to them immediately, shutting down his recruitment.

    Look at the schools showing interest on his list...do you really think he wouldn't have had a LOT more offers if he hadn't committed so early?

  • TFUDD SLC, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 3:59 p.m.

    Fight On

    Yeah I doubt the validity of your statement.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 4:01 p.m.

    This kid was brought in as an insurance policy against Travis Wilson's injury recurring. With him the Utes would have a better D-1 QB as a backup than relying on Adam Schulz. After the QB competition in the Spring separates all these guys a bit, I believe some may switch to other positions and one or two might transfer. I think Schulz will transfer, if he's not the backup and a one or more of the others might do the same. A couple of them are athletic enough to play other positions so they might do that. We've had other players do this before and it has worked out well. This is so much better of a position than only having one D-1 QB on staff with one or two mediocre back ups.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Feb. 26, 2014 4:02 p.m.

    The more the merrier. Hopefully one of the QB's will stand out; and there will be a clear cut leader. Notice how this article has absolutely nothing to do with BYU, yet certain individuals try to make it such? It must be sad to be on the outside looking in. Oh well, trolls will be trolls!

    Go Utes!

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 4:24 p.m.

    @CougFaninTX
    "Just two years ago, several Ute commenters were blasting BYU for having 5 QBs on the roster. It will be interesting to hear the spin on having 7 QBs. "

    I'm pretty sure Utah was being mocked for not having depth at the position the last couple years when injuries popped up at the position. (Personally I never really cared that BYU had 5 QBs on the roster, and these days I don't trust Utah having fewer than 5).

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 4:34 p.m.

    @vegasute

    If by a "stir" you mean amused and entertained then sure I'll go along with that. lol

  • utesgoingdownthehill Salt Lake City , UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 4:37 p.m.

    Oh boy time to win college playoffs.

  • 2020 Herriman, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 5:08 p.m.

    The difference between the seven quarterbacks at Utah and the five that were at BYU is the seven QBs at Utah are way more talented, individually, than the five that were at BYU.

    Besides BYU fan, I would be more concerned with why you can't beat us, than how many QBs we'll have when fall camp starts.

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    Feb. 26, 2014 5:15 p.m.

    My mantral for Thompson Next Fall : "Beat USC"

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 5:47 p.m.

    Still well below .500 in PAC play and multiple claimants here say "rags to riches". That is richly funny for sure.

    We'll see what Kyle Whittingham's replacement next year does with so many QBs on scholarship.

    P.S. Sarcasm switch off - It's nice to see Travis Wilson's prognosis turn out well so far.

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    Feb. 26, 2014 6:06 p.m.

    @Duckhunter "why's he transferring? If utah "fans" are not hypocritical then they will have to say it is because he simply wasn't good enough to play at oklahoma. But of course they won't say that"

    I agree with your assessment that he is transferring because he doesn't believe he will see much playing time at OU over the next 2 years and I'm completely okay with that as are other Utah fans.

    Pot-stiring successfully negated.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 26, 2014 6:32 p.m.

    The complete and telling reason that the little brothers in blue are constantly commenting on Utah articles can be summed up by the score of the Deseret First Duel this year:

    Utah 38, byU 6

    And the byU 6 points came from women's volleyball and women's soccer no less!

    The truth is - Utah is moving above and away from byU in almost every sport, byU can't beat Utah in anything anymore. That even applies to the club sport of hockey.

    Since it is clear that Utah's total sport's program is leaving byU in the dust, the byU faithful have to resort to belittling Utah on DesNews stories. Heaven forbid they start beating us on the fields and courts!

    It is indeed great to be a Ute!!

    Go Utes!

  • Balan South Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 26, 2014 6:35 p.m.

    Do I smell a ROSE Bowl???

  • CO Ute PARKER, CO
    Feb. 26, 2014 6:35 p.m.

    Really the posts here are pretty funny. Many of the same posters were all over Utah the past two years for not having any depth at QB. Now the posts are that we have too many QBs on the roster.

    Specifically to CFaninTX and Duck - just because the young man left Oklahoma doesn't mean he wasn't good enough to play, or to make the 2 deep roster. It does mean he wasn't going to start and they had a better QB on the roster, at least in the coaches minds. He probably feels he will get a fair shot at Utah and will be given a chance to win the job.

  • CO Ute PARKER, CO
    Feb. 26, 2014 6:42 p.m.

    @fight on-

    Are you seriously trying to say this kid wasn't highly recruited out of high school because he only had 2 offers? Some kids make it clear they aren't going out of state, some kids don't take the visits allowed, and some kids commit early. I believe this young man made it very clear he wanted to go to OU and wasn't interested in looking around.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 6:48 p.m.

    2020:
    "Besides BYU fan, I would be more concerned with why you can't beat us, than how many QBs we'll have when fall camp starts."

    No, U fans are the ones who care so much about this which is why they can't beat anyone else. BYU fans are certainly frustrated with this, but Utah doesn't define our season like BYU does for U.

  • BlameItOnTheOfficials Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 6:51 p.m.

    sounds like a good back up QB

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 7:16 p.m.

    Scout.com and rivals both rated him 3 stars but lacking in arm strength & accuracy. If I were a betting man I would say Manning will be 2 and this guy and Isom will compete for 3rd. So yes COUte it sounds like he probably wasn't good enough to be a starter at Oklahoma. Just like "Badger wasn't good enough to be a starter at ND" as all the ute trolls wanted to point out when he transferred.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 7:51 p.m.

    This thread is definitely not disappointing in the amusing part. lol

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 26, 2014 8:12 p.m.

    Cougsndawgs
    West Point , UT

    Scout.com and rivals both rated him 3 stars but lacking in arm strength & accuracy.

    ---------

    Bro, do you happen to what they ranked Hesiman Heaps, Dr. Riley, and Tysom Hill in arm strength and accuracy?

    The difference, all three are/were starting QB's at BYU.

    As far as Chris Badger, I think he might still be a good player. He was ranked #5 in the state, so we'll see what happens.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 8:24 p.m.

    U 90 @Cougsanddawgs, Bulls-eye!

    Thompson will compete with Wilson for the #1 spot(If Wilson gets cleared for contact). The other quarterbacks are young, some will redshirt, some will transfer. With this addition and with Chase Hansen in the wings, the position has certainly stabilized, maybe Kyles job too. ;).

    cougar "fans", it's ok, I've heard that your quarterback is supposed to be pretty good this coming season although it might be hard to prove considering the competition that he'll face. Anyway, Thompson won't be here when you return for your annual beat-down at the hands of the Utes.

  • G-Day-M8 WVC, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 8:23 p.m.

    Duckhunter,

    I'm as big a BYU fan as they come and to answer your question about why Thompson left Oklahoma to come to Utah is that he completed his undergraduate degree and has enrolled at utah for a post graduate degree. People more often than not move to another school to get their Masters and Doctorate degrees.

    BYU picked up wide receiver Leslie from UTEP for the exact same reason.

    Perhaps he is a good quarterback, after all he made the roster at OU before his injury. OU is not a school that generally gives untalented players scholarships. Let's give Thompson some credit here, he saw that utah desperately needed help and saw an opportunity to get more schooling and possibly get some field time. This just smart thinking to me.

    Before anyone gets the idea that I'm defending utah, I'm certainly not, just the Thompson kid.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 8:26 p.m.

    Uteology:
    U might want to rethink bringing up Washington who has thumped Utah whenever and wherever and has done it 8 times in a row. BYU has at least been competitive with them while U have been their laughing stock. Maybe U should rethink some of your statements?

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 8:36 p.m.

    Uteology:
    "Bro, do you happen to what they ranked Hesiman Heaps, Dr. Riley, and Tysom Hill in arm strength and accuracy?

    The difference, all three are/were starting QB's at BYU."

    What exactly is your point? And Travis Wilson was a three star also and threw SIX interceptions in one game and was not good against the best opponents he faced. What is it you're trying to prove with this statement, other than we don't know how good any recruit is going to be. I simply stated what rivals and scout stated, if you have a problem with it take it up with them.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 9:07 p.m.

    Bantering aside, it's good to hear MO's condition upgraded. Speedy recovery big fella!

  • moderateinmagna MAGNA, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 9:10 p.m.

    Spokane Ute
    Spokane, WA
    The more the merrier. Hopefully one of the QB's will stand out; and there will be a clear cut leader. Notice how this article has absolutely nothing to do with BYU, yet certain individuals try to make it such? It must be sad to be on the outside looking in. Oh well, trolls will be trolls!

    Go Utes!both sides are doing it and everybody especially me is tired of it FROM BOTH SIDES it is off topic and disruptive ,same thing on byu thread some people just cant give it a rest and its time they did.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Feb. 26, 2014 10:57 p.m.

    Welcome to Kendall.

    This isn't a surprise to anyone who has been following this process over the past few weeks.

    It is going to be a serious battle for the QB spot this fall. I do expect Wilson to be the starter, but the competition should be fierce.

    I find critics of the move amusing. Whit has been criticized (some fairly, some I think due to bad luck) for not have QB depth. He has worked over the past 2 years to fix that problem, now he has too many, classic.

    Not everyone will stay at QB, and there will likely be some transfers as well. QBs transfer, that's just the way it is. I would also not be surprised to see a position change or two. Micah Scott was a highly regarded DB coming out of HS, and I would not be surprised to see him switch to the defensive side of the ball.

    3 great bits of news over the past day.

    Travis is cleared to play.
    Moana is improving
    Thompson is on board.

    Go Utes!!

  • pby47 St George, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 6:05 a.m.

    7 QBs on the roster? whoa, why so many? most teams have 4 or 5, nobody has 7.

  • Old Scarecrow Brigham City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 6:20 a.m.

    A year from now 3 (counting Wilson) of these guys will not be with the team. Becoming a starting QB for a quality college team has to be one of the most difficult things you can do in life.

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 27, 2014 8:02 a.m.

    So with a quiver full of quarterbacks, Whittingham won't be able to blame the Ute's demise and his own on the quarterbacks, right?

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 27, 2014 8:05 a.m.

    4-13 - 64 yards - 1 td - 1 int. Yes indeed, those are Tom-Brady-like numbers. I think the Utes have a gem on their hands.

  • 2020 Herriman, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 9:41 a.m.

    @Cougsndawgs
    I believe it was your all american linebacker that referred to the Utah game as their "Superbowl."

    The only reason the "BYU is Utahs whole season" myth started was because pre Ron McBride, we already had no bowl hopes going into the BYU game. Neither the Utah program, nor the fans, ever went into the season with the "if we only beat BYU," mentality. BYU fan knows what I'm talking about, the Crowton years weren't that long ago.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Feb. 27, 2014 9:51 a.m.

    KT is the son of former OU QB Charles Thompson..He was headed to OU from the get-go.

    He was intially stuck behind Landry Jones, an elite QB..Then when the competition opened up last August and he had a legitimate chance to emerge as the starter, he broke his foot..Ultimately, freshman Trevor Knight emerged/solidified himself as #1 w/his Sugar Bowl performance.

    KT is a special talent not yet having had his opportunity to be the starter..He's also one heck of a student..His presence will only ratchet-up the competition and enhance their collective level of play.

    BTW, it's pretty unChristlike to be pointing finger at TW for throwing INTs, when considering the health-challenges he faced throughout, including being "deathly" ill all week previous to our game against UCLA..His finger/head issues are well documented.

    He did one heck of a job in making up his mistakes, including his epic rally against OSU....We were a significantly superior O w/a healthy TW at the helm..Oh, he also lead our start-to-finish in control victory at byu....Thank goodness we have TW and not TH!

  • truthsandwich RANDOLPH, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 10:12 a.m.

    @Cougsndawgs

    "Utah doesn't define our season like BYU does for U."

    Except your own players called that game their Superbowl.

    Could that be why you're here, reading and commenting on articles about the Pac 12 Utes, instead of some blog about, I don't know... Virginia?

    LOL

  • Magna Ute Fan Magna, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 11:37 a.m.

    I don't know a single Ute fan who would trade a victory over BYU for one over Stanford, Oregon, or UCLA, or a good bowl game. Them's the facts.

    There are a significant number of Ute fans that would like to never play BYU again. Others, such as myself, recognize that playing the Y will always be a big, exciting game.

    Kyle Van Noy is the one who called last years rivalry game his "Super Bowl," and said he was laying it all out on the line to get that win.

  • Unbiased1979 dallas, TX
    Feb. 27, 2014 12:30 p.m.

    Hopefully, this kid will be able to make an impact. And, for all of the Ute homers, he's only a good pickup if he actually plays, which necessarily means he beats out Wilson or Wilson can't play. You can't go from "rags to riches" unless you see an improvement in QB play. The biggest issue facing the QB position is that the Utes have yet to find a Coach who can develop the QB. Seems like talent has been there, but not much improvement from year to year.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 12:47 p.m.

    Unbiased1979,
    He was a good pick up the minute that the other quarterbacks heard that he was looking at the U.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 12:56 p.m.

    Unbiased, I think it's a little tough to judge how good the coaches are at developing the QBs when the ones they go with haven't been able to stay healthy. Very few teams historically have been able to be successful with backup QBs. When that happens, we'll get a better idea of what kind of job the offensive coaches are doing.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Feb. 27, 2014 1:08 p.m.

    Unbiased1979--

    "You can't go from "rags to riches" unless you see an improvement in QB play. The biggest issue facing the QB position is that the Utes have yet to find a Coach who can develop the QB. Seems like talent has been there, but not much improvement from year to year."

    No QB Coach can coach-up an injury....TW was significantly developed/more competent from YR 1 to YR 2, yet these freak injuries are out of anybody's control....If TW returns to his pre-injury status and reassumes his starter's role, a healthy KT adds to a cushion we currently have in our stable yet haven't enjoyed in years due to previously botched recruiting in this area....We've recruited hard the last few years in surmounting this problem....Remember, TW was an Elite 11 recruit who was subsequently able to navigate being thrown into the fire as a True FR.

    We no longer must rely upon back-ups who weren't brought in as legitimate potential starters one day, but rather were stop-gap measures only [JH/AS]....I'm grateful for what they did accomplish, particularly enabling Manning/Cox to RS last year.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 1:47 p.m.

    This is a HUGE get for the Utes. Don't really care how many QBs are on the roster either. QBs are generally athletes with smarts and leadership ability. If a couple end up playing DB or safety, is that really a bad thing? Yeah, I don't think so.

    Go Utes!

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 2:59 p.m.

    AZUTE:
    Actually your post makes the most sense. Injuries have been a big issue for ute QBs but the bigger issue was when the injuries inevitably occurred there was no legit QB to fill the position. As others have said, 2-3 of these guys won't remain with Utah so it will be down to 4-5 again anyway, but the talent behind the starter appears to be improving.

    As for Utah v BYU I just like having fun with talking smack with ute fans, it makes the rivalry fun and interesting. Hopefully people on both sides never take it too seriously, because I don't, and mean nothing personal by it. Look forward to seeing U all in a couple years again...in the meantime good luck and success to both programs. And good luck to TW in staying healthy and finishing his career with success.

  • sooner1 edmond, OK
    Feb. 27, 2014 3:00 p.m.

    dear Utes. congratulations !!! you may not know this now but you soon will….the kid you just picked up from oklahoma, KT could run circles around blake bell and trevor knight(Okla). he was "the" starter going into spring ball and was sidelined due to an ankle injury. he was not given a fair opportunity to compete at OU for reasons no one other than coach stoops and OC hypell know….the sooner nation has lost a "stud" at QB and will be screwed if knight gets hurt as he's proven prone to do. so embrace this kid and sit back and watch him break ankles and make big plays with his arm and leg. (don't let the limited playing time at OU fool you). watch out wilson…new sheriff in town! Go Utes!

  • sooner1 edmond, OK
    Feb. 27, 2014 3:12 p.m.

    btw… kendall thompson (KT) was taking visits to florida as a junior in high school. his dad was a big time qb at OU and he committed to OU way early, so lay off the "only two schools recruited" they knew they couldn't compete with OU.
    i find some of these post humorous and i am quickly disliking BYU…..you Utes got a big time Qb and you don't even know it……YET!!! he will deliver. your new offensive coordinator knows what he's doing… can't wait for the Ute nation to see KT in action!!!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 27, 2014 3:13 p.m.

    @Cougsndawgs

    "Hopefully people on both sides never take it too seriously, because I don't, and mean nothing personal by it."

    That's the way it should be with all of us. None of us should take ourselves so seriously, the VAST majority of us have nothing to do with the outcomes of any of the games. In the end, it's all good.

    Go Utes!!

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 3:39 p.m.

    why are they mentioning Chase Hansen in an article about Utah Quarterbacks? Pretty much everyone knew from the get-go that when he signed with the Utes his QB days were over. I suppose maybe he had a glimmer of hope with the recent rash of failures by Kyle and his staff to manage the QB position but now that they have loaded the position with bodies to back up Wilson, Kyle will go back to his original plan with Hansen at LB. ("Mark it down!" eh, Chris B?)

    The question of concern now is, with the newly created logjam at QB, who will be the first of those guys to jump off the bandwagon? My money's on Isom or Cox.

  • Reno Cougs Fan 68 Reno, NV
    Feb. 27, 2014 4:04 p.m.

    Nice pickup for the Utes!!! That being said, correct me if I am wrong but according to transfer rules he will have to sit out a year before he can play!!! I am a big BYU fan and the reason I read and comment on Utah Utes articles is because I still think of them as a rival and want to stay informed about what my rival is doing and defend my chosen school when I feel it is necessary!!! Good news about Travis Wilson, hope he can return to form and help the Utes!!!

    Go Cougs!!! Rise Up!!!

  • DraperUteFan Draper, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 4:06 p.m.

    Sooner1, now that is what I call a true spread offense QB! TW is not a spread QB IMO. He is better suited to a pro style offense. This kid can run! Can't wait to see him in Spring ball and see what the increased competition will bring out at QB.

    The quarterback position will thin out after Spring ball due to transfers or because of moves to defense. Better competition and backups can only help the QB situation.

    I wish TW all the best, but if I were a coach, I would still be nervous about starting a guy who has a much lower likelihood of finishing next season. The offensive line needs to play better no matter the QB, but this kid is quicker and less of a target for big hits. His limited time and less than impressive stats don't concern me. That video shows a lot of ability!

    Go Utes!!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 27, 2014 4:09 p.m.

    @sooner1

    "i find some of these post humorous and i am quickly disliking BYU"

    Welcome to the club! You're an honorary Ute for that comment!!

    Go Utes!!

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 4:24 p.m.

    Reno Coug

    Kendall graduates in May and therefore will be able to transfer to a school where an eligible graduate program is offered with no penalties. He's a smart kid with higher goals than most. Love it.

    Welcome to Ute Nation Kendall!

  • utesgoingdownthehill Salt Lake City , UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 6:51 p.m.

    To all the Utah fan upset about byu fans on utah articles, I have one word in BYUs fan's defense; ChrisB.

  • Soonermagic Norman/USA, OK
    Feb. 27, 2014 7:02 p.m.

    Kendal is an unbelievable talent, he was at the time of his injury splitting reps with the 1st team & many inside the program felt he would emerge as the guy with the new direction of the offense that the staff wanted to go to. He didn't fully return to 100% until the 5th or 6th game of the season, which makes it hard to make up the gap & time that he lost. At the time of his announcing to transfer the Bell had been moved to TE & is there now. When Trevor got hurt & OU had to turn to Bell, Kendal wasn't fully recovered from the injury. Kendal would have no doubt been the #2 at OU next season & many of us hate to see him go.

  • Soonermagic Norman/USA, OK
    Feb. 27, 2014 7:03 p.m.

    He chose Utah over other quality programs because of one reason, Dave Christiansen & the competition in the Pac 12. Kendal ran a version of his offense while in high school & he was told he would have an opportunity to compete for the starting job & get #1 reps when he gets to Utah. He is not coming there to be a back up plan he had that much at OU. Kendal's talents is to Trevor's. Utes Fans Rejoice & Enjoy

  • Soonermagic Norman/USA, OK
    Feb. 27, 2014 7:15 p.m.

    Final note: He was a Elite 11 QB, Under Armor All American, the earliest offered QB in the Stoops OU tenure, other Pac 12 schools like Oregon, Stanford, Arizona & UCLA recruited this kid & Florida in the SEC, Michigan in B10, & along with many of the B12 schools. But most backed away as soon as he committed to OU prior to the end of junior season which was his 2nd offer & living 10 miles from the school along with his father's affiliation, it was a no brainer & many backed off. After his junior season, he was listed as a 4 star by both Rivals, Scout & ESPN. He was at that time the #6 dual threat QB in the nation but due to a injury his Senior year, his ranking & rating slipped. I understand why many aren't to overly excited about him choosing the UTES because of the lack of stats but this kid is a player & will be very exciting to watch if he actually becomes the QB for your team. Many OU fans will now be eye balling your games to see him in action. Good Luck next season. Many Sooners are partial Utes fans as well now!

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 7:44 p.m.

    Sooner Fans, welcome to Ute nation, enjoy! Many of us here out west have been watching the Sooners for years. Go Utes, Go Sooners!

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 7:51 p.m.

    sooner1 and Soonermagic, I never was much of a Sooners fan (not that I particularly disliked them), but the amount of class I've seen coming from OU fans about Kendal and his decision to transfer has definitely boosted my respect for your fanbase. Thank you for your support of Kendal, and indirectly to Utah, and good luck to the Sooners this year, Knight should be the cream of the Big XII crop.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 28, 2014 11:44 a.m.

    @Objectified

    "The near obsession with or against BYU by many Ute fans can't be denied. The facts speak for themselves... even if a few ardent Ute fans keep trying in vain to deny them, as some undoubtedly will to this comment."

    Says the byU "fan" on a Utah article. LOL

    Go Utes!
    Onward and Upward!!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 28, 2014 11:53 a.m.

    @utesgoingUpthehill:

    "As per website basketball-reference both utah and byu have 20 players drafted to NBA."

    But only byU has two players listed in a recent article about the 25 biggest NBA busts. Meanwhile, Utah has two stellar players with LONG, solid careers in the NBA right now. byU has none.

    "To all the Utah fan upset about byu fans on utah articles, I have one word in BYUs fan's defense; ChrisB."

    Agreed!! byU fans are always welcome on these Utah articles, that's how we get our entertainment. However, most of us Utah fans also consider Chris B's posts in the same light as a byU post.

    Go Utes!!

    Onward and Upward!!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 28, 2014 2:15 p.m.

    @Duckhunter

    "Then of course the next question should be why is Utah giving a scholarship to a 7th QB? That doesn't show much confidence in the other 6 QBs they have on scholarship."

    RE: Maybe, but scholarships shouldn't be given without confidence in upside and ability. I speculate Whitt has less confidence in himself hitting the QB jackpot. Now he's doing a 180 by bringing in too many QBs (previously the opposite). The challenge here is picking the right QB. Chemistry issues happen if multiple players believe strongly in different QBs. Recruiting credentials complicate this.

    Wilson well is liked and his skills respected, but players should be fine with him not starting. Wilson might not be cleared for contact anyway. Whitt might fear Wilson being Wynn part II health wise.

    Conner Manning is smart with a strong and accurate arm. But he's a pocket passer and of small stature in a system that seems to contradict that now.

    Isom will have some players thinking he's the guy. I am not sure. Whitt sometimes falls for size.

    Kendall Thompson? I don't know. He's a former big name recruit.

    Chase Hansen skills need a new position.

  • Samurai Jake Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 2:51 p.m.

    @sooner1 and Soonermagic:

    Thank you both for sharing your insights and back story on KT. Your posts were classy and refreshing. I for one was stoked to hear of this pickup, and am thrilled to have the talent and football IQ Kendal brings to the team.

    I was also very impressed by OU's Sugar Bowl victory over Bama, an accomplishment we can both revel in! Go Boomer Sooners! Go Utes!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    March 1, 2014 9:48 a.m.

    Great in sight and info from sooner fans, thanks. BYU fans defend there actions with reference to Chris B. Really? That's weak sauce!