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    David Thompson
    David Thompson

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Rockledge, Fla.

    High School:
    Rockledge

    Height / Weight:
    6-3 / 265

    Position:
    DE

    Birthdate:
    05/09/1983



    General: A part-time starting defensive end who played three years for the Wildcats (2002-04) ... Could have played a fifth year in 2005, but elected to graduate ... Made significant contributions to the program during his career ... Finished with 115 career tackles, including 8 TFL's.

    2004: Was team's primary starter at defensive end when Loren Howard was out of the lineup ... Sat out Kansas game with a hamstring injury ... Returned at Minnesota and had four tackles ... Had started 13 career games previously before returning to the starting lineup at TCU ... Notched three tackles, including one TFL, vs. TCU ... Two tackles and a career-high five QB hurries vs. Indiana ... Started at Wisconsin and totaled three tackles, one of which was a sack, and forced a fumble that Colby Clark recovered ... Two tackles and two QB hurries vs. Purdue.

    2003: Backup defensive end ... Two tackles vs. Air Force ... One tackle vs. Miami ... Two assisted tackles at Ohio State ... Suffered a left knee injury vs. Minnesota, but returned to play at Indiana ... Three tackles in 15 plays vs. the Hoosiers ... Two tackles vs. Wisconsin ... One tackle vs. Purdue and Michigan ... Five tackles vs. Penn State ... Three tackles, including a TFL, vs. Illinois ... Notched one tackle vs. Bowling Green in the Motor City Bowl.

    2002: Starting left defensive end ... Had one of the best games of his young career vs. Indiana: 10 tackles (five solos) and his first interception ... Notched five tackles (four solos) in season-opening game at Air Force ... In just his second collegiate game, turned in a solid effort with season-high 11 tackles (six solos, one TFL) vs. TCU ... Seven tackles vs. Duke ... Eight tackles and a forced fumble at Navy ... Four tackles at Michigan State ... Six tackles and a 1/2 sack vs. Ohio State ... Seven tackles, including a sack at Minnesota ... Four tackles, including a TFL, at Penn State ... Five tackles, including one TFL, and a forced fumble vs. Purdue ... Three tackles at Iowa ... Three tackles, a TFL and two hurries vs. Illinois.

    2001: Did not see action.

    High School: SuperPrep All-Dixie Region ... Named all-state, all-district and all-conference his senior year ... Team captain ... Selected to play in the Central Florida All-Star Game ... Recorded 87 solo tackles, seven sacks and six pass breakups his senior year ... Lettered seven times as a prep (3 -- football, 3 -- track, 1 -- baseball) ... Member of the honor roll ... High school coach was Chuck Wood.

    Personal: Born David Lee Thompson on 5/8/83 ... Son of Joan Thompson ... NU's representative to the NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference in spring 2002 ... Chose NU over Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Syracuse ... Economics major.

    Thompson's Career Statistics

    TACKLES	       G	UA	A	Total	TFL	Yds	PD	FF	FR
    2002	      12	36	37	73	5.0	10	1	2	0
    2003	      13	8	18	26	1.0	3	0	0	0
    2004	      11	8	8	16	2.0	4	0	1	0
    TOTALS	      36	52	63	115	8.0	17	1	3	0
    

    SACKS G UA A Total Yds 2002 12 0 1 0.5 8 2003 13 0 0 0.0 0 2004 11 1 0 1.0 3 TOTALS 36 1 1 1.5 11

    INT'S G No. Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2002 12 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2003 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2004 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 TOTALS 36 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0