Thompson, who said he harbors no negative feelings towards the Sooners, told the paper he felt in need of a fresh start after falling behind Trevor Knight and Blake Bell on the depth chart:
“I just felt I needed to go and get a fresh start and have a chance to compete for a starting job at a big-time conference. It was just one of those deals where once you get behind the eight-ball like that, it’s kind of hard to fight back up hill. I just felt it was time to go somewhere else and start from ground zero.”
Thompson, who played in only two games last season, should have plenty of opportunities to earn the starting job for the Utes, especially because Travis Wilson, last year’s starter, has an uncertain football future due to medical issues. (Wilson, who suffered from concussion problems last season, has been cleared to play in spring practices.) Thompson told that paper he think he can thrive in offensive coordinator Dave Christensen’s offense:
“I knew about the offense he had at Missouri, back when they had Brad Smith and Chase Daniel. With the new coordinator, they kind of had some struggles at quarterback. I feel like I have the chance to go in there and be the guy.”
Utah’s spring camp will begin on March 18.
[Source: Norman Transcript]