|8 Cedric Thompson|
Sharp Passing Effort, Rush Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage
Defense Finishes Spring On Strong Note In Purple-Gold Scrimmage
Sharp Passing Effort, Physical Play Dominate Second Scrimmage
Big-Play Offense, Turnover-Producing Defense Highlight First Scrimmage
Defensive Pressure, High-Percentage Passing Effort Highlight Pirates' First Scrimmage
Should provide plenty of quality depth at one of the inside receiving positions as a senior ... Could also significantly contribute on special teams ... Similar to junior campaign, will open fall drills competing for playing time at either of the "H" or "small Y" slots ... Agility, quickness, power development in the strength and conditioning program and productive spring have keyed rise on unit two-deep ... Did not record any receptions in first spring scrimmage (March 28) or Purple-Gold Game (April 18), but caught one pass for five yards in the second tilt on April 11 ... Numbers during spring strength testing phase stand among top 30 percent of unit ... Lifts of note include a 330-pound bench press, 465-pound back squat, 264-pound power clean and a 280-pound push jerk ... Turned in a vertical leap of 32.5" and a broad jump of 9'0" ... Posted a notable pro shuttle time with a clip of 4.23 ... Originally earned roster position as a walk-on in the fall of 2011.
2014: Played in three games as a junior, experiencing action against N.C. Central, North Carolina and Temple ... Recorded both catches of campaign against the Eagles in the season opener with a six-yarder and a four-yarder (10 overall yards) ... Did not record any statistics against Tar Heels at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and Owls at Lincoln Financial Field.
2013: Experienced action in seven games as a sophomore -- Florida Atlantic, Tulane, Southern Miss, FIU, Tulsa, UAB and NC State ... Had four receptions for 38 yards with a long catch of 17 (UAB) ... Netted first career grab for 10 yards against Southern Miss at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ... Also hailed in receptions vs. Golden Panthers (one yard), Golden Hurricane (10) and Blazers (17).
2012: Did not play in any games during redshirt freshman campaign ... Contributed to both travel and scout team units during practice.
2011: Redshirted as a true rookie after earning roster position ... A reliable scout team performer whose efforts were cited by the coaching staff.
High School: A two-year varsity letterman and team captain for coach Greg Lloyd at Kings Mountain High School ... Played quarterback, running back and wide receiver at the prep level ... Rushed for 704 yards and eight touchdowns, while making 48 catches for 963 yards and 10 TDs as a senior in 2010 ... In addition, as a signal-caller, passed for 167 yards and three scores ... Ran for 152 yards, was on receiving end for 79 more and scored a pair of TDs (including the game-winner) against Hickory ... Also on receiving end of a 56-yard contest-clincher against Ashbrook and finished game with a total of 167 reception yards and three touchdowns ... Established new school single-game record with 180 receiving yards against rival Shelby, which included a game-winner that went for 81 yards ... Tossed a 20-yard TD pass against Hunter Huss, while also picking up 128 ground and 62 receiving yards ... Accounted for four scores against Forestview ... Helped lead KMHS to a playoff appearance ... Earned Big South Player-of-the-Year honors to go along with all-conference (first-team) honors ... Played in the East-West All-Star Game ... Selected as team MVP to close out senior campaign ... Experienced action in only three games because of a wrist injury as a junior ... Scored a TD against South Point and passed for another vs. Shelby ... Played at the junior varsity level as a sophomore ... Was also a four-year basketball letterman with scoring averages of 13.0 (sophomore), 15.6 (junior) and 18.0 (senior) ... In addition, averaged 2.3 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per contest in 2010-11 ... Scored 20 or more points in 10 contests, with a high of 34 vs. Ashbrook ... A first-team all-conference selection on the hardwood.
Personal: Full name is Cedric Emanuel Thompson ... Born June 29, 1993 at Shelby, N.C. ... Son of Valarie Robinson and Bernard Thompson ... A health fitness specialist major ... Hobbies include cooking, bowling, swimming, fishing and playing pool ... Values any time spent with family members ... Bears a slight facial likeness to Terrell Owens.