|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.