Thompson in September 2010
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|Date of birth:February 7, 1987|
|Place of birth: Sacramento, California|
|High school: Sacramento (CA) Grant Union|
|NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 7 / Pick: 225|
|Debuted in 2010 for the Denver Broncos|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Syd'Quan Thompson (born February 7, 1987) is an American football cornerback for the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League. Thompson was drafted by the Denver Broncos as the 225th overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at California.
Thompson was born on February 7, 1987 in Sacramento, California to mother Patrice Thompson. He attended Grant Union High School where he played football and earned all-state honors three times. As a junior in 2004, he recorded 950 rushing yards for 18 touchdowns, 15 receptions for 360 yards and four touchdowns, returned five punts, and returned one kickoff for a touchdown. That year, Rivals.com ranked him the number-one junior player in the state, and he received the California Mr. Football Award. As a senior, he recorded more than 70 tackles, two interceptions, 1,000 rushing yards, and 12 touchdowns. He received an invitation to play in the CaliFlorida Bowl. The Sacramento Bee named him to its all-metro second team.
Scout.com rated him the number-five player in its West Hot 100. Rivals.com rated him the 13th-ranked athlete in the nation and the 21st-ranked player in California. ESPN assessed him as the 11th-ranked cornerback in the nation. PrepStar named him an All-American, as did SuperPrep, which also rated him the 17th-ranked defensive back in the nation and the 13th-ranked player in California. Thompson was rated a four-star prospect by both Scout.com and Rivals.com. He received scholarship offers from Arizona, California, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA, and Washington.
Thompson enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley where he majored in social welfare. He sat out the 2005 season as a redshirt. In 2006, starting cornerback Tim Mixon suffered a knee injury before the season, which forced Thompson to fill in that role for the remainder of the season. In the season-opener against Tennessee, Thompson played with a cast because of a broken wrist and was twice outpaced by All-American wide receiver Robert Meachem for touchdown receptions. Tennessee won, 35–18. Thompson started all 13 games of the season, and he recorded 60 tackles including 35 solo, two fumble recoveries including one returned for a touchdown against Stanford, and one interception. The Sporting News named him to its freshman All-Pac-10 team. In 2007, Thompson again started all 13 games and recorded 78 tackles including six for loss, ten broken-up passes, and one interception.
In 2008, he started in all 13 games at cornerback and as served as the punt returner. He recorded four interceptions for 128 yards and 18 passes defended. Against Washington State, he set a school single-game record with 108 interception return yards. In that game, he intercepted one pass and returned it 90 yards, before being caught by Washington State running back Christopher Ivory five yards short of the goal line. California scored on its ensuing possession, but Thompson reported he was teased by his teammates and asserted that he "was good for the first 40 yards, but then my back and my hip started tightening up." Against Colorado State, he returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown, for which he was named the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week. Thompson received the team's Andy Smith Award for most playing time, and he was named to the All-Pac-10 first team.
Thompson is on the watch list for the 2009 Lott Trophy, which is an award bestowed upon the nation's best defensive player with strong character. He has also been declared a preseason All-American by many various publications. In preseason predictions for California, many analysts have named California's secondary a major strength, largely because of Thompson. When asked to name his four most important teammates, California linebacker Worrell Williams included Thompson as the only defensive player. He said, "So what's that tell you? He's going to shut down one side of the field when he's out there."
The NFL Draft Scout, a CBS Sports affiliate, rated Thompson 15th of its Top 32 seniors for the 2009 season, and wrote, "His straight-line speed, agility, reliable open-field tackling and natural return skills would be earning significantly more attention from the national media if he played in the Big Ten or SEC." The NFL Draft Scout assessed him as the best cornerback out of the 226 available for the 2010 NFL Draft and projected him as a first or second round selection. Following his senior season, Thompson represented Cal at the 2010 Senior Bowl
Thompson was drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Broncos as the 225th overall selection. He recorded his first NFL interception against the New York Jets on October 17, 2010. On September 2, 2011, during the Broncos' last preseason game at the Arizona Cardinals, Thompson suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, and missed the entire 2011 season. Thompson was released from the Denver Broncos roster during the roster cuts before the 2012 regular season. 
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Thompson's younger brother Shaq was one of most touted recruits of the class of 2012. He committed to California on March 6, 2011, but a week later, he re-opened his recruitment. On January 7, 2012 he re-committed to California, but re-opened his commitment once again. On January 30, he committed to the University of Washington.
- Player Bio: Syd'Quan Thompson, University of California, retrieved July 30, 2009.
- Syd'Quan Thompson Profile, Scout.com, retrieved July 31, 2009.
- Syd'Quan Thompson Profile, Rivals.com, retrieved July 31, 2009.
- Cal's Thompson tops everyone's list, Contra Costa Times, June 15, 2009.
- 90-yard run left Thompson just short, The San Francisco Chronicle, September 7, 2008.
- Syd'Quan Thompson on Lott Trophy Watch List, University of California, April 7, 2009.
- Richard Tijerina, PRESEASON TOP 25: No. 15 California, The Austin American-Statesman, July 16, 2009.
- Ted Miller, Hope and concern: California, ESPN, July 10, 2009.
- Rusty Simmons, Cal's shutdown corner Thompson has hands full with Cougars' Gibson, The San Francisco Chronicle, September 6, 2008.
- Rob Rang, Top 32 seniors: Top heavy with the heftier prospects, CBS Sports, July 10, 2009.
- Syd'Quan Thompson, The NFL Draft Scout, retrieved July 30, 2009.
- Klis, Mike, and Legwold, Jeff (September 3, 2011). "Broncos' Thompson joins long list of players with Achilles injuries". denverpost.com. Retrieved September 3, 2011.
- "The First 2012 Five Stars". Scout.com. September 13, 2010.
- Biggins, Greg (March 6, 2011). "Shaq Thompson commits to Cal". ESPN.
- Gorney, Adam. "Thompson reopens his recruitment". Rivals.com. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
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