QB Thompson to play 7th season at Oklahoma
Dave Wilson, ESPN Staff WriterJan 11, 2024, 08:22 PM ET Close Dave Wilson is an editor for ESPN.com because 2010. He previously operated at The Dallas Morning News, San Diego Union-Tribune and Las Vegas Sun.Former Texas, Nebraska
and FAU quarterback Casey Thompson committed Thursday to Oklahoma, where he will play his seventh season in college football.Thompson was a graduate student at FAU this previous season playing for coach Tom Herman, who initially signed him at Texas. He played in 3 games before tearing an ACL and was given a medical hardship waiver for another year.Thompson, the son of previous Sooners quarterback Charles Thompson, will return home to Oklahoma where he was a high school star, setting a state record with 12,840 yards of offense and 154 goals. He will be the 3rd player in modern history(signing up with offending lineman Paul Moriarty in 1991 and wide receiver Brenen Thompson this spring, both of whom also started out at Texas and transferred to Oklahoma) to have used both sides of the Red River Rivalry.Editor’s Picks
1 Related Thompson will turn 26 on Oct. 3, nine days before the Sooners and Longhorns meet.Thompson’s winding
course started when he picked Texas because Herman made him a priority, he stated. Oklahoma currently had a dedication from Camera Rising, who ultimately turned and signed with the Longhorns too before later transferring and ending up being a star at Utah.Thompson redshirted while backing up Sam Ehlinger his very first season, then played in 7 games for the Longhorns in 2019 and 2020, consisting of a breakout performance in the Alamo Bowl in the latter. After Ehlinger was injured at halftime with Texas leading 17-10, Thompson came on in relief and tossed for 170 backyards and 4 touchdowns to round off a 55-23 win.After Herman was fired and Steve Sarkisian took over in 2021, Thompson played
in 12 games with 10 starts, throwing for 2,113 lawns with 24 goals to nine interceptions. After a 5-7 season, Thompson said he wanted a fresh start, entered the portal and landed at Nebraska.Thompson began 10 of 12 games for the Huskers in 2022, tossing for 2,407 yards and 17 touchdowns, with five rushing scores. However after Matt Rhule named Jeff Sims the starter, Thompson chose to reunite with Herman at FAU before he was injured.For his profession, Thompson has played in 33 games, finished 63.5%of his passes for 5,338 yards and 52 touchdowns to 24 interceptions.At Oklahoma he is expected to back up Jackson Arnold, who made his first start in the Alamo Bowl, going 26-of-45 for 361 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions in a 38-24 loss to Arizona.