Gary Thompson
Gary  Thompson

RS Senior

La Mesa, Calif.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 260



Thundering Herd Places 10 on Athlon's Preseason List

Four named to first team


@HerdFB Tops UConn at St. Petersburg Bowl, 16-10

Marshall secured its third straight season of 10 or more wins


@HerdFB Falls in Overtime at Middle Tennessee, 27-24

Marshall's defense forced three turnovers


Marshall Football Postgame Notes

Middle Tennessee 27, Marshall 24 (3OT)


Marshall Football Postgame Quotes

Marshall 31, Southern Miss 10

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.