A powerful and consistent player for four seasons at Clemson, Thompson has taken over starting DT job in 2013, replacing injured Geno Atkins … Saw regular action in line rotation in Games 1-8.
2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Played in Games 1-16, with starts at DT in Games 10-16 ... Had 48 tackles, with 1.5 sacks ... Three tackles Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay ... Three tackles Sept. 29 at Cleveland ... Two tackles, with a seven-yard shared sack of Thad Lewis, Oct. 13 at Buffalo ... Six tackles Oct. 27 vs. N.Y. Jets, with first career solo sack, nine-yarder against Geno Smith ... Led line in tackles (seven) Oct. 31 at Miami ... Tied for line lead in tackles (seven) Nov. 10 at Baltimore ... Three tackles Dec. 1 at San Diego ... Tied for line lead with six tackles Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh ... Three tackles Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota ... One tackle Dec. 29 vs. Baltimore.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Cincinnati in third round of 2012 NFL Draft (93rd overall) ... Signed on 7-25-12.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2012 — Played three games (Games 1-2 and 4) and had two tackles ... Inactive for Games 3 and 5-16 ... One tackle Sept. 10 at Baltimore and Sept. 16 vs. Cleveland ... Played all four preseason games and had five tackles.
COLLEGE: Played four seasons (2008-11) at Clemson ... Was a durable performer and saw action in 53 games, and 37 of his 38 starts came in his last three seasons ... Finished with 208 total tackles, including 4.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles-for-loss ... Had two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries ... Was a team captain for 10-4 club as a senior and was named honorable mention All-America by Pro Football Weekly.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Thomasville, Ga. ... Attended Thomasville (Ga.) High School, where he was a four-year starter as a two-way lineman ... Earned all-state honors as both a junior and a senior ... As a senior at Thomasville, he was named the state’s Defensive Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper ... Management major at Clemson.