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Utah football: Utes add former Oklahoma QB Kendal Thompson

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 26 2014 5:45 p.m. MST

Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell (10) watches as quarterback Kendal Thompson (1) throws before the start of an NCAA college football game against Tulsa in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s quarterback situation became a lot more intriguing Wednesday with word that Oklahoma’s Kendal Thompson is joining the Utes. The 6-foot-1, 199-pound son of former Sooners star Charles Thompson is scheduled to graduate in May and then transfer to Utah with two seasons to play. He’ll be eligible immediately.

The Utah football program announced Thompson’s decision via Twitter on Wednesday:

Thompson, who was a high school All-American out of Oklahoma City, redshirted in 2011 and did not play in 2012. A foot injury in preseason camp slowed his progress last season, limiting him to just two games. He completed 4-of-13 passes for 64 yards with one touchdown and an interception in his career at Oklahoma.

On Tuesday night, Thompson signed an “athletic tender of financial assistance” with Utah. NCAA transfer rules allow graduate students to become immediately eligible to play at their new schools. Thompson will join the Utes after earning his bachelor’s degree in May from Oklahoma and then gaining admission into a graduate program at Utah. He’s expected to be enrolled in June.

The addition of Thompson comes less than 48 hours after it was announced that junior Travis Wilson had been cleared for non-contact drills when spring ball opens on March 18. The junior, who is 7-9 as Utah’s starter, had been sidelined since an intracranial artery injury was detected following the Utes’ 20-19 loss to Arizona State on Nov. 9.

Wilson will join junior Adam Schulz and redshirt freshmen Brandon Cox, Conner Manning and Micah Thomas in taking snaps this spring. Wyoming transfer Jason Thompson is also in the program.

Depth at quarterback gets even greater this summer with the addition of Kendal Thompson and Louisiana high school star Donovan Isom, who is part of Utah’s recent signing class.

In January, former Lone Peak star Chase Hansen will return to the fold after serving an LDS Church mission.

Utah also announced that running back Devontae Booker has been cleared academically. The signed recruit started attending classes this week.

OFAHENGAUE UPGRADED: Freshman defensive lineman Moana Ofahengaue, who was in critical condition after injurying his head in a motorized bike accident Sunday night, has been upgraded to serious condition as of Wednesday afternoon.

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