Sanford Seminole quarterback T.J. Thompson really a cornerback by trade
T.J. Thompson of Sanford Seminole has had a tremendous season for the district champs. (PHELEN EBENHACK/FOR THE ORLANDO SENTINEL / October 8, 2010)
He's easily Central Florida's Comeback Player of the Year, if there was such a thing.
Thompson, whose first name is Deron but he goes by T.J., has led the 'Noles to a 7-2 mark and a district title. Seminole faces Timber Creek in the first round of the playoffs Nov. 19. Thompson has completed 61 percent of his passes (104-of-170) for 1,440 yards, 14 touchdowns and just three picks. Amazing numbers for a cornerback.
That's right, a cornerback. That's where he'll play in college and it's by choice. Of course, being 5-foot-9, 153 pounds probably aided in the decision making.
Last year as quarterback he was 47-for-88 passing for just over 400 yards and two touchdowns. He ran 99 times for another 474 yards. He's filled in quite impressively this season, but he lives to be cornerback.
"It's just where I feel most comfortable," said Thompson, who runs a 4.49 40-yard dash and has four TDs and 272 yards rushing. "I've been playing cornerback all my life, and playing it here since our state championship (2007)."
Thompson has gotten a recent offer from Division I-A Bowling Green and he's close with Eastern Michigan. Also offering: Jacksonville, FAMU, Tennessee-Chattanooga and North Carolina A&T.