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    Kim Thompson
    Kim Thompson

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Inkster, Mich.

    High School:
    Detroit Country Day

    Height / Weight:
    6-4 / 190

    Position:
    WR

    Birthdate:
    03/22/1985



    General: Closed his career with a stellar senior season, and catapulted to 19th place on NU's all-time receiving yardage list ... Became the 28th player in NU history to top the 1,000-yard mark (1,188 yards) for career yardage ... Overcame a number of injuries and setbacks to finish his career on a strong note.

    2007: Co-recipient of NU's Rashidi Wheeler Award ... Caught at least one pass in all 12 games ... Team's third-leading receiver with 46 catches for 678 yards and three TD's ... Played the best football of his career in the season's final half ... Totaled 29 receptions for 427 yards in his last six games ... Had a career-best game in his hometown (Detroit) vs. Eastern Michigan: five receptions for a career-best 133 yards, which included a big 71-yard TD play in the fourth quarter ... Followed up that performance with five receptions for a team-best 64 yards at Purdue .. Career-most six receptions for 78 yards and a TD (pass was off a trick play from Brandon Roberson) against Indiana ... Snared three receptions for 42 yards vs. Nevada ... One of his catches was a key 23-yard grab on NU's game-winning drive ... Caught two passes for 39 yards against Northeastern ... Four receptions for 37 yards vs. Duke ... Pair of catches for 22 yards at Ohio State ... Three receptions for 57 yards against Michigan ... Caught two of his three passes on NU's opening scoring drive at Michigan State -- catches of 24 and 22 yards ... Finished with three receptions for 54 yards ... Grabbed five passes for 60 yards against Minnesota ... Three catches for 40 yards vs. Iowa ... Five receptions for 2 yards at Illinois ... Closed career with 80 catches for a team-best 14.9 yards per reception ... Finishes career in 19th place on NU's receiving yardage list.

    2006: Suffered a broken foot during preseason camp ... Was having an outstanding camp prior to the injury ... Missed the entire nonconference season with the injury ... Returned to action at Penn State, starting the game ... Finished with a pair of receptions (for 15 yards) against PSU ... Caught a big 29-yard pass at Wisconsin that set up NU's first-half touchdown ... Had an 18-yard reception vs. Purdue ... Averaged 15.5 yards per reception (four catches) ... Missed final five games for personal reasons.

    2005: Opened season with a solid performance against Ohio (Sept. 3): season-best five receptions for 99 yards, which included a career-long 50-yarder ... Suffered a broken fourth finger during practice the week of the Northern Illinois game and did not play vs. the Huskies ... Returned to play against Arizona State and saw limited action, but did make one reception ... One catch for 16 yards vs. Penn State ... Had two receptions for 57 yards vs. Wisconsin -- one of which was a 52-yard TD catch ... Caught four passes for 66 yards at Purdue ... Two receptions for 29 yards vs. Michigan State ... A pair of receptions for 34 yards vs. Michigan ... Two catches for 21 yards vs. Ohio State ... Sat out the Illinois and UCLA games due to a violation of NU's athletic departmental policy.

    2004: Finished seventh on team's reception list ... Caught his first collegiate pass in season-opener vs. TCU ... Started first game at Minnesota (replacing an injured Ashton Aikens) ... Had one-catch games vs. Indiana and Penn State ... Totaled a season-best four catches (46 yards) at Michigan ... Three catches for 52 yards, including his first career TD -- a 24-yarder -- at Hawaii.

    2003: Redshirted.

    High School: An all-state, all-area and all-county wide receiver and defensive end ... Detroit News and Free Press All-County Dream Team ... Also an all-region and all-state track performer (sprinter) ... Won Michigan's state 100-meter crown in 2003 (10.76 seconds, fastest 100m time in Michigan in 2003 and a Division III meet record) ... Recipient of school's Men's Athletic Cup, which goes to the top graduating male athlete ... Grabbed 32 receptions for 740 yards and seven TD's ... Also had 91 rushing yards on five carries ... Defensively, registered 59 tackles, 11 sacks, two blocked punts and one defensive TD ... The Yellowjackets went 7-5 and were a state semifinalist in 2002 ... Team went 6-4 and 6-5 in 2000 and 2001, while playing one of the state's toughest schedules ... Hauled in a career-best nine catches for 167 yards and a TD in one game ... Played in the Michigan East vs. West all-star game ... Detroit Free Press Top-Five scholar athlete ... Also lettered in basketball and track ... Besides the 100-meter title, also earned all-state track honors in the 4x400 relay (first place) and 4x100 relay (sixth place) ... Earned a pair of all-state indoor track and field honors in the 800 and 1,600-meter relays ... Graduated cum laude ... Coached by Dan MacLean.

    Personal: Born Kim Thompson on 3/22/85 ... Son of Beverly Thompson and Kim Harwell ... His father, Kim, played basketball at Eastern Michigan ... Former NU players Ashton Aikens and Brandon Horn were prep teammates ... Psychology major.

    The Thompson File
    Q: Name five favorite songs (and artist) on your I-Pod:
    A: Outkast, Lil Wayne, Pink Floyd, Kanye West (can't wait for his new CD) and probably Metallica
    Q: If you could dine with anyone from any period in history, who would it be?
    A: Probably Buddha
    Q: What is the greatest lesson in life that you have learned?
    A: Everyone has an opinion
    Q: A song that best describes you?
    A: "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow
    Q: Something people would be surprised to know about me is:
    A: I used to play the piano competitively
    Q: My favorite place to visit is:
    A: The lakefront
    Q: Which current NU football player is the biggest jokester on the team?
    A: Justan Vaughn
    Q: My favorite thing about NU is:
    A: Its location
    Q: Best part about being a Northwestern football player is:
    A: Playing Big Ten ball!
    Q: Describe Coach Fitzgerald in five words or less:
    A: Smart and intense
    Q: Describe your position coach (Kevin Johns) in five words or less:
    A: Dedicated
    Q: Most humbling experience:
    A: Dropping a sure TD vs. Penn State
    Q: The best book I have ever read is:
    A: The Dharma Bums
    Q: When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be:
    A: Myself
    Q: If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which movie would you pick?
    A: The Big Lebowski
    Q: My favorite thing about playing at Ryan Field is:
    A: The intimacy of the stadium
    Q: My favorite television show is:
    A: 24
    Q: If I were not playing football, I would be:
    A: Traveling somewhere

    Thompson's Career Statistics

    RECEIVING              G   Rec    Yds  TD  Lg Rec/G Avg/C Avg/G
    2004................  12    11    122   1  24   0.9  11.1  10.2
    2005................   9    19    326   1  52   2.1  17.2  36.2
    2006................   3     4     62   0  29   1.3  15.5  20.7
    2007................  12    46    678   3  71   3.8  14.7  56.5
    TOTAL...............  36    80   1188   5  71   2.2  14.9  33.0
    

    TACKLES G UA A Total TFL-Yds PD FF FR Blkd 2004................ 12 0 0 0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 2005................ 9 0 0 0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 2006................ 3 0 0 0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 2007................ 12 1 1 2 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 TOTAL............... 36 1 1 2 0.0-0 0 0 0 0

    ALL PURPOSE G Rush Rec PR KR IR Total Avg/G 2004................ 12 0 122 0 0 0 122 10.2 2005................ 9 0 326 0 0 0 326 36.2 2006................ 3 0 62 0 0 0 62 20.7 2007................ 12 0 678 0 0 0 678 56.5 TOTAL............... 36 0 1188 0 0 0 1188 33.0

    SCORING G TD Rush Pass Retn PAT 2PAT FG Total Avg/G 2004................ 12 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 0.5 2005................ 9 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 0.7 2006................ 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2007................ 12 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 18 1.5 TOTAL............... 36 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 30 0.8