Blake Bell is the favorite to take over for the departed Landry Jones at quarterback for Oklahoma, but the starting role has not been set in stone.
However, one of Bell’s two main competitors for the top spot, Kendal Thompson, may have just made things far easier on the “Belldozer.”
ESPN reports that the 6-foot-1, 184-pound Thompson was arrested Friday morning on misdemeanor complaints of public intoxication and interference with official process, according to the Norman Police Department.
Thompson, 20, was arrested at about 2:15 a.m. after police responded to a loud party call. As they approached the apartment complex where the party was, police noticed Thompson passed out on a nearby hill. According to police, Thompson’s “speech was very slow” and “not making sense with incomplete sentences.”
Police said Thompson also continually tried to walk away, and at one point fell to his left into a cement barrier while trying to do so. After that, police said Thompson got up with his left hand in his pocket and refused to take out it despite several commands to do so. After a “struggle,” police took Thompson into custody, and booked him into the Cleveland County Sherriff’s Office.
As mentioned previously, this does not bode well for Thompson’s chances for playing time in 2013. After redshirting in 2011, he did not see the field in 2012. However, along with Bell, he was competing against Trevor Knight for the job heading into his redshirt sophomore season.
He completed eight of his 15 pass attempts for 86 yards and a score while showing off some solid mobility during the Sooners’ spring game.
As for the school, they will be handling the matter internally as the legal process plays itself out.