Herd's Thompson Collects National, League Honor

Gary Thompson

Dec. 3, 2013

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.-Coming off his spectacular performance in Friday’s 59-28 East Division-clinching win over East Carolina, it’s no surprise that Marshall defensive end Gary Thompson (La Mesa, Ca.) took home a couple of honors Monday.

Thompson picked off two passes in the game, returning the second for a five-yard touchdown, to go with a pass breakup and two tackles. For his efforts, the redshirt freshman was named National Defensive Lineman of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards and then Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week by the league office.

On the season, Thompson has 25 tackles, five tackles for loss, three sacks, two interceptions, four pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

The Herd (9-3 overall, 7-1 C-USA) travels to Rice (9-3, 7-1) for Saturday’s league title game, which is scheduled for a 12:01 p.m. ET/11:01 a.m. CT kick, and will air on ESPN2 with Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen and Maria Taylor on the call.