LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Senior linebacker Ross Thompson (Delphos, Ohio) is a candidate for the Cliff Harris Award which is presented annually to the nation's top small college defensive player.
Thompson, the lone representative from the G-MAC on the list, was named as the conference's defensive player of the year this fall. Also a D2CCA All-Super Region 1 First Team selection, he set a school-record with 110 tackles this season, giving him 294 in his career, which matched a school-record.
A two-time G-MAC Defensive Player of the Week honoree, Thompson recorded 10 or more tackles in six games this season. He had a monster performance in the opener against Cal, registering 15 tackles (1.5 TFL) with an interception while breaking up two more passes. He also finished with 14 tackles, a sack and two more pass break ups at Findlay, and had a 73-yard interception against Alderson Broaddus.
Thompson finished with a career-high four sacks and also had 9.5 tackles for loss, intercepted two passes, forced one fumble and recovered two more. He finished his career with 28.0 tackles for loss, the fourth-most in ODU history.
Thompson was an Honorable Mention All-GLIAC selection in 2016 when he made 94 tackles (10.0 TFL) and also picked up a GLIAC Player of the Week award that season after setting career-highs with 17 tackles (4.0 TFL) against Wayne State.
Finalists for the award will be announced next week and the award winner will be announced on Dec. 24 and recognized on Jan. 10 at the Little Rock Touchdown Club's annual awards banquet.
Contact: Scott Miles