Avery Thompson, Junior, Outside Linebacker, #37
Weight: 220 pounds
Collegiate Stats: Appeared in 13 games and recorded two tackles.
High School Stats (Senior Year): Recorded 75 tackles, including five sacks, two interceptions, one for a touchdown, and one forced fumble and recovered one.
247sports composite Ratings: Three stars by 24/7 (#37 in Va., #119 OLB), two stars by Rivals, Scout (#141 OLB) and ESPN (#49 in Va., #56 ILB)
Who Maryland beat: Penn State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and UCONN
High School: Grassfield (Va.)
Hometown: Chesapeake, Va.
High School Highlights:
How'd He Get to College Park?
Thompson was one of the top rated linebackers in the state of Virginia. He had a monster junior season, racking up 113 tackles and nine for loss on his way to a second-team all district appearance. His senior season was just as impressive, recording 75 tackles to go along with his two picks. He Grassfield to a 10-2 record in his senior campaign.
Profiling the entire team
A true sophomore, Thompson saw action immediately upon entering College Park on the special teams unit. His sophomore season was a shadow of his freshman season where he played in most of the team games, he only saw action on special teams circumstances and only has three tackles in two seasons combined.
Tom the Train, a little more fearful than the little engine that could.
Making a tackle against NC State on special teams as a freshman.
Earning the starting job in the 2015 season and intercepting Hackenberg to seal an OT victory against in Beaver Stadium.
Thompson has the experience and mentality to compete for a future starting spot and will likely receive quite a bit of playing time this season for Edsall and the Terps.
He is agile and has a decent frame for a linebacker. He currently is sitting behind two seniors on the depth chart (as well as Cavon Walker), putting him in a good position to compete for a starting job next season. For now, it may be kickoffs and punt coverage, but in a year, don't be surprised if the kid is starting.
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