January 8, 2007

Thompson gets high marks for 2006

SoonerScoop.com will break down all the positions to give one last look back at the 2006 season. Editor Carey Murdock starts us off withe the quarterback position. Give Paul Thompson all the credit in the world for guiding the Oklahoma Sooners to the 2006 Big 12 Championship. He was everything he had to be when so many doubted whether he could be anything when Rhett Bomar was dismissed from teh team back in August.

Quarterbacks

Paul Thompson

The Stats: 204-of-336 for 2667 yards (60.7 % completion) 22 TDs and 11 INTs.

Thompson did the unthinkable. He made the switch from wide receiver to quarterback overnight and led Oklahoma to a Big 12 Championship and a BCS bowl game. Sure, Thompson had help from a talented offensive line, running backs and one of the best young receivers in college football, but he also did much more.

Thompson was limited as a quarterback. Thompson has always struggled with accuracy and his decision making abilities aren't the same as a seasoned quarterback. But we're not here to berate Thompson, we're here to celebrate his ability to overcome those limitations.

The Fiesta Bowl showed us why Kevin Wilson wanted to lean on the running game during the stretch run of the Big 12 Conference schedule. Thompson did have some poor decision and under thrown passes that resulted in interceptions, fumbles and points for Boise State.

But that shouldn't sully his entire season as OU's starting quarterback. Thompson made more good decisions than bad during his 14 games this season. It became apparent early in the season that Thompson was going to be the answer.

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