On Thompson: Honors candidate who begins his fourth season having started all 33 games of his career at outside linebacker helps anchor a veteran linebacking corps listed No. 1 on the depth chart at the strongside linebacker spot versatile performer who excels against the run, yet can cover a back or drop into zone with success as well as rush the passer strong and athletic tackler who should challenge the Maryland career record for tackles for loss 35 career tackles for loss, 11 career sacks has averaged 8.4 stops per game during his career 279 career tackles Maryland's second-leading tackler as a freshman and sophomore, No. 5 as a junior needs just 54 total tackles to move into Marylands career top 10 list.
2000 (Junior): Started all 11 games at outside linebacker for the third consecutive season finished fifth on the squad in total tackles, registering 81 stops second on the team with a career-best 6.5 quarterback sacks fourth on the team in tackles for loss (9 for 62 yards) seven quarterback hurries ranked fourth on the squad shared team lead with three forced fumbles also recovered a fumble recorded a season-high 17 total tackles (13 solos) in an overtime win over NC State also reached double figures in tackles vs. Virginia (11) and Temple (10) had a career-best three sacks (for minus 27 yards) vs. Duke and a pair of sacks (for minus 14 yards) vs. Florida State served as a team co-captain.
1999 (Sophomore): An All-ACC selection by the Football News, finishing second on the team with 111 tackles, 10.1 per game 11-game starter with a team-high 72 solo stops seventh in ACC in tackles led Terps and was fourth in the ACC with 17 TFL (-63 yards) also had 3.5 sacks (-18) and three pass deflections 17 tackles for loss were the best at Maryland since Charles Johnson posted 18 in 1978 season highs of 11 solos and 15 total tackles in season-opener at Temple leading Terp tackler vs. Temple and West Virginia.
1998 (Redshirt Freshman): An 11-game starter as Maryland's outside linebacker, or bandit position prominent on the defensive stat sheet as just a freshman, contributing 87 tackles, fourth-best on the team 52 solos, 35 assists averaged 7.9 tackles per game led Terps with nine tackles for loss and 29 yards his one sack came in season opener against James Madison forced fumbles in back-to-back games against JMU and Virginia.
1997 (Freshman): Redshirt season.
High School: A 1997 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School ... was named the Baltimore Suns All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year as a senior, when he rushed for 2,325 yards and 37 touchdowns ... finished his career as one of the all-time leading rushers in the state ... also played linebacker in special situations, totaling 19 tackles, two sacks and one interception ... high school coach was Mike Working.
Personal: Aaron G. Thompson was born May 4, 1978 ... son of Edith Green and Aaron Thompson ... majoring in criminology and criminal justice member of Maryland's student-athlete advisory council.
Defense G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sacks Int 1998 11-11 52 35 87/7.9 9-29 1.0-11 0-0 1999 11-11 72 39 111/10.1 17-63 3.5-18 0-0 2000 11-11 54 27 81/7.4 9-62 6.5-55 0-0 Totals 33-33 178 101 279/8.4 35-154 11-84 0-0
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