A powerful and consistent player for four seasons at Clemson, Thompson saw action early in rookie NFL season and has expanded his role in 2013 … Has been a line leader in tackles two of the last four games, having claimed starting DT job due to season-ending injury to Geno Atkins.
2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Has played in Games 1-12 … Played in line rotation in Games 1-8, and has been DT starter since second quarter of Game 9, Oct. 31 at Miami, when Geno Atkins suffered knee injury … Has 37 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 on Oct. 13 at Buffalo ... Two tackles Oct. 20 at Detroit ... 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 ... One tackle Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland ... Three tackles Dec. 1 at San Diego.
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.