ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill Welcomes Back 14 Returning Starters, 50 Lettermen
Cooper And Wiggins Score Three TDs On Senior Day
Fourth-Year Head Coach Reviews Spring Drills, Talks About Current State Of Program
Defense Finishes Spring On Strong Note In Purple-Gold Scrimmage
Sharp Passing Effort, Physical Play Dominate Second Scrimmage
Projected to handle the starting strong safety duties again as a senior after quickly securing the position upon transferring into the ECU program last year ... Enrolled early in January of 2012 after inking a letter-of-intent with the Pirates during the December junior college signing period and offered immediate stability to a thin secondary ... Expected to face competition from Lamar Ivey for a second-straight season, but his quickness, athleticism and on-the-field maturity and savvy have allowed coaches to give him an early nod ... Booked four tackles and picked off a pass during the first spring scrimmage before tacking on five more a week later in the second contest on April 13 ... Added three stops, another interception and a pass breakup during the Purple-Gold Game ... Strength and conditioning program testing produced an "excellent" rating with a 325-pound bench press, a 480-pound back squat, a 308-pound power clean, a 280-pound push jerk, 35.5" vertical jump and a 119" broad jump ... His 40 time of 4.46 also marked a positional record.
2012: Stood fifth on the unit with 57 stops (29 solo) ... Started 12 of 13 games at strong safety, coming off the bench against North Carolina... Topped all defenders with three interceptions (28 return yards), while also contributing a fumble recovery ... Scored touchdown in ECU debut on a 45-yard fumble return against Appalachian State - first for a Pirate since 2009 ... Picked off a pair of passes in the fourth quarter, booked eight tackles (four solo) and was credited with a pass breakup against UTEP ... Following career game against the Miners, earned FWAA/Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors ... Also named Conference USA and CollegeSportsMadness.com Defensive Player-of-the-Week, and picked up honorable mention accolades by College Football Performance Awards ... Recorded third interception of the season and tallied five tackles (four assists) against Navy ... Registered a career-best nine tackles (four solo) in the regular season finale against Marshall ... Also credited with a two-yard TFL ... Credited with one QBH vs. Memphis ... Logged multiple tackles on 11 occasions ... Thirty-four of 57 stops were on running plays ... Tallied four tackles on special teams punt coverage ... Other notable single-game efforts came against UCF (8 tackles), Tulane (6), North Carolina (5) and Memphis (5) ... Ranked among league leaders with the three interceptions (7th) ... Helped a defensive unit hold four opponents to less than 100 yards rushing (USM/91, UAB/82, UH/28, TUL/9).
Junior College: A two-time Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-State Honorable Mention selection who played in every game during two years with the program ... Helped Hinds to a MACJC south state runner-up finish as a sophomore, when the team went 7-3 ... Eagles ended the season ranked 15th in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll ... Tallied a team fourth-best 64 tackles as a sophomore to go along with eight pass breakups and a trio of interceptions that netted 63 return yards ... Added one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one kickoff return for 15 yards ... During initial campaign in 2010, booked 49 stops (42 solo), nine tackles for lost yardage and a pair of sacks ... Also returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown in 50-42 win over East Mississippi as a freshman ... Registered 11 pass breakups and five interceptions during junior college career ... Played for head coach Gene Murphy.
High School: A four-year letterman for coach Mario Lane ... Helped guide Forest Hill to a 7-4 overall record as a senior team captain, including the program's first playoff berth in 17 years ... Patriots also went 4-1 in league play ... Tallied 65 tackles, one sack and one interception on defense during final campaign to earn All-Metro honors ... Also contributed on offense and special teams, rushing for four touchdowns, scoring on a kickoff return and adding a punt runback for a TD ... A year earlier, booked 45 total tackles, forced and recovered three fumbles and picked off one pass ... Returned a fumble 96 yards for a touchdown against Taylorsville ... Also lettered in basketball.
Personal: Full name is Godfrey Hosea Thompson, Jr., but prefers to go by Chip ... Born June 3, 1991 at Jackson, Miss. ... Father Godfrey Sr., played professional basketball ... Major is communications ... Selected to ECU's Honor Roll for classroom work during the fall (2012) and spring (2013) semesters.