R-SOPHOMORE SEASON (2014): Played nine games as backup at “fox” end to senior Arnold Blackmon … Missed five games after suffering knee sprain in win at Old Dominion (Oct. 4), but returned to play in Herd’s final four games … Played 200 snaps on defense … Made 18 tackles (11 solos), including 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks … One pass breakup and one crucial fumble recovery, in the fourth quarter of the Herd’s Conference USA Championship win over Louisiana Tech … His five career sacks rank second among 2015 Herd players (LB D.J. Hunter, 5.5).
R-FRESHMAN SEASON (2013): One of five Herd rookies picked to Conference USA All-Freshman Team … Played 14 games at “fox” (rush end), mostly as backup to senior Alex Bazzie … Made one start (at Middle Tennessee) … Made two interceptions in C-USA East Division-clinching win over East Carolina, one for a 5-yard touchdown … Thompson’s pick-to-score was Marshall’s first for a defensive lineman since the late Johnathan Goddard picked off a Ryan Hawk pass and ran it back 23 yards at Ohio’s Peden Stadium for the Herd’s lone touchdown in a 16-13 win in October 2004 … Posted 30 tackles (12 solos), with five for loss and three sacks … Top tackles game was six against Gardner-Webb … Recovered two fumbles … Had seven QB hurries, four pass breakups and a forced fumble …
FRESHMAN SEASON (2012): Redshirted to retain eligibility.
HERD FILE: Sept. 30, 1994 … Majoring in Sports Management at MU … Enrolled at Marshall in August 2012 … Was two-way starter who led Helix High (13-1) to California Division II state championship in 2011 … Same school produced former Herd running back Travon Van … As a defensive end, he made 55 tackles, including 18 for loss, and had 14 sacks and 23 quarterback hurries. As a tight end, he had 10 catches, including three for touchdowns … Was second team All-State pick (multipurpose player). Caught 72-yard scoring pass in state title game … As Helix senior, had 55 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, 23 QB hurries and 3 forced fumbles.