San Diego State Freshman Tariq Thompson named to FWAA Freshman All-American Team

Sep 9, 2017; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils wide receiver Frank Darby (left) catches a pass against San Diego State Aztecs safety Tariq Thompson (14) at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego State Freshman Tariq Thompson named to FWAA Freshman All-American Team

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San Diego State Freshman Tariq Thompson named to FWAA Freshman All-American Team


Freshman Tariq Thompson named to FWAA Freshman All-American Team


San Diego State’s Tariq Thompson receives national honors to Freshman All-American Team.


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The San Diego State safety, the Warrior-position in Rocky Long’s 3-3-5, receives nationwide recognition.

On Monday, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) included Tariq Thompson on the Freshman All-American team.

Thompson, a true freshman, started all 13 games, and ended with 63 tackles, 5 interceptions including one pick-six against Northern Illinois, 3 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. A laundry list of stats for the San Diegan.

Thompson filled in 2017 smoothly after Na’Im McGee had graduated from the program. His ability to make plays, made it easy for him to step into the role Rocky Long and former defensive coordinator Danny Gonzales carved out for him.

Gonzales praised Thompson’s prior coaches as a key factor for his 2017 success, “his maturity level has been the biggest thing.”

Going forward Thompson will easily complement Kameron Kelly and Trey Lomax going into 2018, and expect Thompson’s skill levels to rise to the challenges ahead. The 2018 season opens up at Stanford, September 1.

Thompson is the only San Diego State player on the list, and the second Mountain West player on that list (Curtis Weaver, DE Boise State). This is Thompson’s second national recognition as he was named to the USA Today Freshman All-American team last month.

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