Former Oklahoma son QB Thompson leads Texas in rivalry game – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Former Oklahoma quarterback Charles Thompson never imagined he would consider making the “Hawk m Horns” hand gesture.
He has done so now, and for good reason. His son, Casey, will start quarterback with the 21st-seeded Texans (4-1, 2-0 Big 12) against No. 6 Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0) in the annual rivalry game.
It’s an odd situation for Senior Thompson, who lives in Moore, Oklahoma — just a short drive from the Oklahoma campus. Charles managed a wishbone offense for coach Barry Switzer, and played a significant role in flashback wins over the Texans in 1987 and 1988.
“I’ve been a fan of OU since I was six,” said Charles, who is a native of Lawton, Oklahoma. “Every year, at this time of year, I’ve always had the Texas play. Until the last few years with Casey on the team, I still quietly wanted Oklahoma to win — kind of win/win for me. This is going to be my first year honestly On Rooting Texas”.
Charles said he is feeling some sadness from his old teammates as his son plays for Oklahoma’s biggest rival.
“I mean, there’s definitely some banter, kind of messing around a little bit,” he said, “but I think they all kind of support it.” “They definitely want Casey to put in a great game, but they want Oklahoma to win.
“I’ve got a mulligan. I want Casey to win.”
Charles wouldn’t go so far as to wear a burnt orange from Texas, and said that if she opened it, he’d bleed crimson from Oklahoma. He will wear this custom made Texas black shirt when sitting with the other parents.
“Well, I’ve never worn a burnt orange,” he said defiantly.
The situation provided an opportunity for Charles to learn a few things about the rivalry on the Texan side.
“All my life I’ve always called it an OU-Texas game,” he said. “Ask anyone from Oklahoma, they’ll say OU-Texas. I kind of got a little harassed in Austin because they say Texas-OU. They want Texas first.”
Casey is in a strange situation, too. He wore crimson and cream in Oklahoma until his high school days. One of Charles’ other sons, Kendall, played with the Sooners, further strengthening the bond between the family and the school.
Casey played high school football at Southmore High School in Moore before playing his first season at Newcastle High School in Newcastle, Oklahoma.
When it became a prime prospect, his loyalty to Oklahoma waned. Former Texan coach Tom Hermann hired Thompson again when Hermann was the head coach of Houston, and Tim Peake hired him when he was an assistant at Ohio State. When Hermann took over the Texans and Beck became the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for the Texans, it made sense for Casey to take a look. 2017 attended the rivalry game Red River as a Longhorns prospect.
Naturally, locals objected when Texas entered the picture.
“I remember that even in high school when I was recruited, some of my teachers and close friends were like, ‘If I go to that school, I’ll never draw you, I’ll never cheer you up,'” Casey said. I try to focus on this team and the people who care, love and support me.”
Although he was highly recruited, his journey was not easy. Even after coming in for injured Sam Ellinger and throwing four touchdown passes in the Alamo Powell’s 55-23 win over Colorado, he didn’t secure the primary mission. Freshman Hudson Card won the spot in the summer and started the first two games.
Casey took charge and completed 71% of his passes. He only threw nine touchdowns and three interceptions. Now, he has a Cotton Bowl stage.
“It is a dream come true for me to start this match,” he said. “But I don’t really think I’d be nervous or anxious or nervous. I’m excited to play.”
Lincoln Riley, the Oklahoma coach, has followed Casey over the years and has a good relationship with the family. He’s happy to see Casey succeed.
“Here from the third game, he played at a high level, and he did some really good things – moving around and throwing the ball as well as he does,” Riley said. “I don’t wish him success on Saturday. We’ll go out there and compete with each other. But I’m happy for him. I’m happy he’s done well. I’m not surprised.”