Proved to be a solid backup on the offensive line at the center position for the past two years and now will get his opportunity to be the starter ... Has worked hard to improve his skills and saw more playing time last year ... Received time in eight different games as a reserve, playing on 136 plays during the year, including 31 on special teams ... 2006 (r-Jr.): Had a combination of five cuts and knockdowns during the year ... Did not allow a sack ... Played a season-high 52 plays at Tulane (11/11) ... Member of several special team phases during the latter part of the season ... 2005 (r-So.): Played in 12 snaps, all coming in the McNeese State game (9/17) ... Made his career debut against McNeese State ... 2004 (r-Fr.): Did not see any game action ... Named "Tomor-row's Team's Player of the Week" on offense for the Nebraska game (9/11) ... Prep: Three-year starter for Coach Joe Sicola at Baker High School ... Graded better than 90 percent in every game he started ... Helped the Baker HS offense gain more than 1,000 each year he started ... Also played defensive tackle ...As a senior, recorded 20 tackles, including four for a loss ... Also had four sacks ... During junior season, had 18 tackles, including three for a loss ... Also had three sacks ... Received the permanent team captain award ... Played in the North/South All-Star
game ... Was a member of the honor roll ... Personal: Son of Rick and Cindy Thompson ... Majoring in management ... Born Sept. 2, 1985.