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Deonte Thompson

WR

Height
5' 11"
CLASS
RJR
Hometown
Belle Glade
Weight
203 lbs.
Experience
2L
School
Glades Central
Deonte Thompson

CAREER: Redshirt senior wide receiver that appeared in 51 games with 34 career starts…Had 101 receptions for 1,446 yards (14.3 avg.) and nine touchdowns for the Gators…Participated with the men’s track and field team in the spring of 2008.

 

2011: Appeared in all 13 games, starting 10 times…Finished tied for third on the team with 21 catches for 264 yards and one touchdown…Contributed on special teams coverage units making two tackles on the season…13 of his 21 receptions converted a first down...12 catches of 10-plus yards…Made three receptions for 34 yards in the season-opening win over FAU…Caught two passes for 33 yards vs. UAB…Tallied 26 yards on two receptions vs. Tennessee…Added 43 yards on two catches vs. Alabama…Had two receptions for a season-best 45 yards in his 50th career game played vs. Furman…Recorded a season-long 41-yard reception in the win against Furman…Caught his lone touchdown of the season in his final game as a Gator when he hauled in two passes for 27 yards and a 17-yard touchdown from fellow senior John Brantley.

 

2010: Appeared in all 13 games, starting all but the Appalachian State game…Led Florida with 38 catches for 570 yards (15.0 avg.) and scored once…27 of his 38 receptions were for a first down, a 73.7% reception average…Had two receptions for 22 yards against Penn State in the Outback Bowl…Recorded his first career 100-yard receiving performance against Appalachian State, including a 44-yard reception and four grabs for first down. Tied career best with six receptions and had exactly 100 yards…Had one reception for 20 yards against South Carolina…Recorded his only touchdown of the season with a 31-yard grab from Jordan Reed at the beginning of the second quarter against Vanderbilt…Recorded two receptions for 36 yards, both for first downs, including a clutch 21-yard snag on 3rd-and-19 to set the Gators up on the UGA2 for Jeff Demps’ two-yard touchdown rush, giving the Gators a 14-7 lead…With his 36 yards against Georgia, became the 27th receiver in school history to amass 1,000 career receiving yards…Had two catches for 25 yards against Mississippi State, including one for a first down…Had two receptions for 20 yards against LSU…Had three receptions for a game-high 60 yards against Alabama, including a 24-yard catch in the first quarter…Had five receptions for 86 yards against Kentucky…Caught a team-high four passes and led UF with 55 yards against Tennessee…Three of his four receptions against Tennessee were for first downs…Had six receptions for 83 yards, all for first downs against USF…Caught three passes, all for first downs, for 24 yards in Florida’s season opener versus Miami University.

 

2009: Started in all 12 games that he appeared in, after being forced to miss games versus Tennessee and Kentucky due to injury…Finished the season ranked third on the team with 343 receiving yards in 2009, with four touchdowns…Had five receptions for 63 yards, including one seven-yard touchdown reception in the Gators’ Sugar Bowl win over Cincinnati…Tallied 22 yards on two receptions in the SEC Championship game versus Alabama…Led the team in receptions (five) and receiving yards (66) against FIU…Had three catches for 17 yards against Georgia…Collected one catch versus Arkansas, a career-long 77-yard touchdown grab to give the Gators a 13-10 lead in the third quarter…His first two receptions of the 2009 season were for touchdowns, the first off a six-yard pass and the second off a 33-yard toss from Tebow against Troy…Returned to the lineup at LSU after suffering a hamstring injury and had two receptions for 11 yards…Made his first-career start in the Gators’ win over Charleston Southern.

 

2008: Appeared in every game for the Gators…Also appeared on special teams as a member of the punt block unit and hands’ team…Ranked fourth on the squad with 269 receiving yards…Collected 18 receptions, averaging 14.9 yards per catch…Scored his first-career touchdown on a seven-yard pass from John Brantley in the win over Georgia…Also added receiving touchdowns against South Carolina and The Citadel…Had three receptions against Georgia, South Carolina and The Citadel…Against South Carolina, amassed 66 receiving yards, including a 46-yard touchdown reception which was the longest catch of the night…Recovered a fumble on a blocked punt versus Kentucky.

 

2007: Redshirted and did not see any action…Dressed for all 13 games during the season.

 

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: An explosive wide receiver who helped lead Glades Central to the Class 3A state championship in 2006 with 30 receptions for 504 yards and eight touchdowns…Rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns, including a 22-yard run, in the state title game…Sat out five games during his senior season due to a foot injury…Was selected as a U.S. Army All-American…Rated the third-best wide receiver prospect by Scout.com…Named the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s High School Athlete of the Year…Was a Class 3A all-state selection…Had 35 receptions for 767 yards, averaging 21.9 yards per catch, as a junior…Also had 12 kick returns for 515 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 42.9 yards per return…Caught 21 passes for 375 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore…Ran the 100 and 200 meters for the track & field team…Chose Florida over Miami (Fla.), Ohio State and Southern Cal…Coached by Willie Snead.

 

THOMPSON’S CAREER HIGHS

Receptions: 6 (2x, Appalachian State, 2010)

Receiving Yards: 100 (Appalachian State, 2010)

Receiving TDs: 2 (Troy, 2009)

Longest Reception: 77 (Arkansas, 2009)

 

CAREER STATISTICS

RECEIVING

G

Rec

Yds

TD

Lg

Rec/G

Avg/C

Avg/G

2008

14

18

269

3

46

1.3

14.9

19.2

2009

12

24

343

4

77

2

14.3

28.6

2010

13

38

570

1

44

2.9

15

43.8

2011

13

21

264

1

41

1.6

12.6

20.3

TOTAL

52

101

1446

9

77

1.9

14.3

27.8

 

RUSHING

G

Att

Yds

TD

Lg

Avg/C

Avg/G

2008

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

2009

12

1

-2

0

0

-2

-0.2

2010

13

0

0

0

0

0

0

2011

13

0

0

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

52

1

-2

0

0

-2

0

 

TOTAL OFFENSE

G

Rush

Pass

Total

Avg/G

2008

14

0

0

0

0

2009

12

-2

0

-2

-0.2

2010

13

0

0

0

0

2011

13

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

52

-2

0

-2

0

 

SCORING

G

TD

Rush

Pass

Retn

PAT

2PAT

FG

Total

Avg/G

2008

14

3

0

3

0

0

0

0

18

1.3

2009

12

4

0

4

0

0

0

0

24

2

2010

13

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

6

0.5

2011

13

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

6

0.5

TOTAL

52

9

0

9

0

0

0

0

54

1

 

ALL PURPOSE

G

Rush

Rec

PR

KR

IR

Total

Avg/G

2008

14

0

269

0

0

0

269

19.2

2009

12

-2

343

0

0

0

341

28.4

2010

13

0

570

0

0

0

570

43.8

2011

13

0

264

0

0

0

264

20.3

TOTAL

52

-2

1446

0

0

0

1444

27.8

 

TACKLES

G

UA

A

Total

TFL

Yds

PD

FF

FR

Blkd

2008

14

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2009

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2010

13

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2011

13

2

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

52

3

2

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

CAREER GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS

2011

Rushing

Receiving

All

Date

Opponent

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

purp

3-Sep-11

FAU

0

0

0

0

3

34

0

17

34

10-Sep-11

UAB

0

0

0

0

2

33

0

24

33

17-Sep-11

TENNESSEE

0

0

0

0

2

26

0

17

26

24-Sep-11

at Kentucky

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1-Oct-11

ALABAMA

0

0

0

0

2

43

0

30

43

8-Oct-11

at LSU

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

15-Oct-11

at Auburn

0

0

0

0

3

16

0

11

16

29-Oct-11

vs Georgia

0

0

0

0

1

13

0

13

13

5-Nov-11

VANDERBILT

0

0

0

0

1

11

0

11

11

12-Nov-11

at South Carolina

0

0

0

0

3

16

0

13

16

19-Nov-11

FURMAN

0

0

0

0

2

45

0

41

45

26-Nov-11

FLORIDA STATE

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2-Jan-12

vs Ohio State

0

0

0

0

2

27

1

17

27

Totals

0

0

0

0

21

264

1

41

264

2010

Rushing

Receiving

All

Date

Opponent

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

purp

4-Sep-10

MIAMI

0

0

0

0

3

24

0

10

24

11-Sep-10

USF

0

0

0

0

6

83

0

23

83

18-Sep-10

at Tennessee

0

0

0

0

4

55

0

24

55

25-Sep-10

KENTUCKY

0

0

0

0

5

86

0

30

86

2-Oct-10

at Alabama

0

0

0

0

3

60

0

24

60

9-Oct-10

LSU

0

0

0

0

2

20

0

13

20

16-Oct-10

MISSISSIPPI STATE

0

0

0

0

2

25

0

18

25

30-Oct-10

vs Georgia

0

0

0

0

2

36

0

21

36

6-Nov-10

at Vanderbilt

0

0

0

0

2

39

1

31

39

13-Nov-10

SOUTH CAROLINA

0

0

0

0

1

20

0

20

20

20-Nov-10

APPALACHIAN STATE

0

0

0

0

6

100

0

44

100

27-Nov-10

at Florida State

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1-Jan-11

vs Penn State

0

0

0

0

2

22

0

16

22

Totals

0

0

0

0

38

570

1

44

570

2009

Rushing

Receiving

All

Date

Opponent

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

purp

5-Sep-09

CH. SOUTHERN

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

12-Sep-09

TROY

1

-2

0

0

2

39

2

33

37

10-Oct-09

at LSU

0

0

0

0

2

11

0

7

11

17-Oct-09

ARKANSAS

0

0

0

0

1

77

1

77

77

24-Oct-09

at Mississippi State

0

0

0

0

1

19

0

19

19

31-Oct-09

vs Georgia

0

0

0

0

3

17

0

11

17

7-Nov-09

VANDERBILT

0

0

0

0

1

16

0

16

16

14-Nov-09

at South Carolina

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

21-Nov-09

FIU

0

0

0

0

5

66

0

22

66

28-Nov-09

FLORIDA STATE

0

0

0

0

2

13

0

8

13

5-Dec-09

vs Alabama

0

0

0

0

2

22

0

19

22

1-Jan-10

vs Cincinnati

0

0

0

0

5

63

1

24

63

Totals

1

-2

0

0

24

343

4

77

341

2008

Rushing

Receiving

All

Date

Opponent

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

purp

30-Aug-08

HAWAII

0

0

0

0

1

7

0

7

7

6-Sep-08

MIAMI

0

0

0

0

2

28

0

22

28

20-Sep-08

at Tennessee

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

27-Sep-08

OLE MISS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4-Oct-08

at Arkansas

0

0

0

0

2

29

0

19

29

11-Oct-08

LSU

0

0

0

0

2

26

0

14

26

25-Oct-08

UK

0

0

0

0

1

9

0

9

9

1-Nov-08

vs UGA

0

0

0

0

3

34

1

14

34

8-Nov-08

at Vanderbilt

0

0

0

0

1

14

0

14

14

15-Nov-08

USC

0

0

0

0

3

66

1

46

66

22-Nov-08

THE CITADEL

0

0

0

0

3

56

1

31

56

29-Nov-08

at Florida State

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6-Dec-08

vs Alabama

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

8-Jan-09

vs Oklahoma

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Totals

0

0

0

0

18

269

3

46

269

 

 

OFF THE FIELD STORIES

·         Ran track in the spring of 2008 with former Gators Wondy Pierre-Louis and Louis Murphy

·         Went through the National Football Foundation’s “Play-it-Smart” program as a high school student. “Play-it-Smart’ is an educational program targeted at high school football players from economically disadvantaged environments where family and community support are often lacking. The program, designed to transform student-athletes’ passion for sport and intense dedication to their team into a force for greater good in their lives

·         Captain of Team Takeover for the 2011 Gator Football Charity Challenge

·         Birthday is Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14

 

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

“Deonte has grabbed me, and put me under his wing. That’s the only person I really hang around with, we do everything together. That’s like my older brother. He teaches me route running, adjusting to the ball, just different things as a receiver.” (8/19/11)

Quinton Dunbar, UF wide receiver

 

“Frankie Hammond has been our most consistent receiver. Quinton Dunbar and Deonte Thompson have been our most vertical threats and big play guys down the field. Frankie, consistently, has been our best receiver as far as catching the ball, finishing plays, blocking and all-around receiver play. Deonte and Quinton have been the ones who have made the big plays for our offense. Those would be our top three guys as of now.” (8/8/11)

Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

“I have a lot of confidence in Deonte and these other receivers to be where they need to be. He knows I have his back and I always will. I know that’s all that matters to him is what his teammates and coaches think about him. We all still have faith in him.” (7/20/11)

John Brantley, UF quarterback

 

"He’s been here for a while, but he’s still coming on. He’s a great guy that works extremely hard and he’s got talent." (11/20/10)

Urban Meyer, former UF Head Coach

 

"I’m really fired up about Deonte Thompson. He’s showing tremendous leadership and making plays. I like what he’s about out there. He’s a major factor in developing great chemistry in that room.” (9/29/10)

Steve Addazio, former UF Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach and current Temple Head Coach

 

“I love Deonte and I’m rooting for Deonte. He’s a great ambassador of our program. He’s a great kid. Anything I ask him to do, he does. What I don’t want to do is put too much on his plate. I want Deonte to be Deonte and keep getting better. I need to get him better and not rely so much on him getting this group better.”  (8/14/10)

Zach Azzanni, former UF Wide Receivers Coach

 

“We talk every day. He deserves it [chance to play]. He’s what you look for. A very talented guy who’s not complaining, not whining, just wants to get better.” (9/27/07)

Urban Meyer, former UF Head Coach

 

“I love that guy. He’s a worker. He just works and works and works and you can see the player development going on right before your eyes. Fast guy, too.” (9/27/07)

Urban Meyer, former UF Head Coach

 

"In regards to the class, we are very pleased. The guy that kind of knocked it over the edge right at the

end was Deonte Thompson. We got him out of South Florida, which is a tough place to get guys. So I am very pleased with our recruiting class." (2/7/07)

Urban Meyer, former UF Head Coach

 

 

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