Stoops Names Thompson QB

Fifth-year senior Paul Thompson is Oklahoma's starting quarterback now that Rhett Bomar has been dismissed from the program for NCAA rules violations, Sooner coach Bob Stoops announced Thursday.

"We're excited that Paul is going to regain the reigns at quarterback," Stoops said during an afternoon press conference in Norman. "He's had four years back at quarterback. The only time he was not at quarterback here was last spring."

The Leander, Texas product started the 2005 season at QB but quickly lost ground to Bomar following September's home-opening loss to TCU. He accounted for 106 yards on 11 receptions in nine games at WR.

"We hope fans will embrace the courage of Paul," Stoops said. "He's the ultimate team-guy. I say ‘courage' because of the scrutiny he'll be under."

Although Thompson's 2005 QB stats stood at 11-of-26 for 109 yards, including zero TDs and one INT, Stoops said the competition in early 2005 was evenly balanced between Thompson and Bomar. The primary difference, Stoops said, was that coaches believed Bomar could progress to a higher level with four remaining years of eligibility than would Thompson.

Thompson's career totals include 428 yards on 42-of-73 passing (.575), four TDS and three INTs. He redshirted in 2004 while serving as Heisman-winning QB Jason White's understudy in 2003. Thompson worked exclusively at WR this past spring. Even so…

"We knew last spring that if anything happened (to Bomar), we would go with Paul," Stoops said.

Bomar and starting right guard J.D. Quinn were permanently dismissed from the program after receiving "extra compensation above that to which they were entitled" relative to their employment at a Norman auto dealership. The university reported early Wednesday afternoon that two football players had been dismissed from the football team while a Norman television station identified the athletes as Bomar and Quinn. Neither player will be re-instated, Stoops affirmed, who also believes that no other players are involved.

"I came to peace with it quickly," Stoops said. "To me, it was cut-and-dried."

He also reported that the spirit was good at a team dinner Wednesday night, an event that included a lively karaoke session.

"Young people are incredibly resilient. These guys are ready to go."

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