2007: Thompson, regarded for his blocking skills, was an often-used backup tight end as a senior in 2007. Overall in 2007 while appearing in all 13 games, he caught 1 pass for 9 yards (against Washington State).
2006: Thompson was a key backup tight end as a junior in 2006. He even started 3 times (Stanford, Oregon, California). Overall in 2006 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 3 catches for 19 yards (6.3 avg.). His catches came against Arizona (6 yards), California (8 yards) and UCLA (5 yards).
2005: Thompson was a backup tight end and played on special teams as a sophomore in 2005. Overall in 2005 while appearing in 10 games (all but Washington, Washington State and Texas), he caught 1 pass for 5 yards (5.0 avg.) and made 1 tackle. He even started the Hawaii opener. His catch came against UCLA. He suffered a broken thumb against Arizona State, but he continued to play in games while wearing a cast.
2004: Thompson was a reserve tight end and played on special teams as a first-year freshman in 2004. He appeared in 12 games (all but Virginia Tech). He did not catch a pass, but made 1 tackle (at Washington State).
HIGH SCHOOL: He earned 2003 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division V, Los Angeles Times All-Inland Empire, Riverside Press-Enterprise All-Riverside County and All-Mountain View League first team honors as a senior tight end at Santiago High in Corona (Calif.). He had 40 receptions for 700 yards (17.5 avg.) with 10 TDs, plus 200 rushing yards with 2 TDs, in 2003. As a junior in 2002, he made the All-Mountain View League first team. He began the 2002 season at tight end, then broke his right hand and missed the next 2 games before returning as an offensive tackle for the next 5 contests (he was moved back to tight end for the season finale when the cast on his hand was removed). He made 6 catches for 125 yards (20.9 avg.) with 3 TDs in 2002.
PERSONAL: He's a sociology major at USC.
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