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Draft Scout Dylan Thompson News
11/15/14 - Dylan Thompson scored on a 4-yard keeper in overtime, giving South Carolina a 23-20 victory over Florida on Saturday. The Gamecocks ended a four-game losing streak in Southeastern Conference play and knocked the Gators out of contention in the muddled Eastern Division. The loss also could be the end for Gators coach Will Muschamp. The fourth-year coach has been on the hot seat all season, and a three-game losing streak at home could be the final blow in what's been a mediocre tenure. "Sometimes you have to just say it was meant to be," South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said. "It was meant to be for us to win this one."
Florida's biggest problem Saturday was special teams. The Gamecocks blocked a field goal in the fourth quarter that would have given the Gators a 10-point lead with a little more than 3 minutes to play. Florida also had a punt blocked with 39 seconds left, setting up the game-tying touchdown. Mike Davis recovered fumbled pitch in the end zone for a touchdown, and the extra point tied the game at 17 with 12 seconds remaining. - AP Sports
04/13/14 - South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier didn't get a lot of answers out of spring practice, but for once he came in without a lot of questions. Spurrier said after Saturday's spring game that he will wait until fall practice to name a backup quarterback. Spurrier already knows Dylan Thompson will be his starting quarterback. Also, second-team all-Southeastern Conference tailback Mike Davis will get most of the carries and four starters return on the offensive line from last year's 11-2 team. There are plenty of questions on defense because Spurrier won't let them loose on his offense in the spring. The Gamecocks must replace star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and nearly the entire secondary.
South Carolina has depth, minus just five seniors and four players who left early for the NFL off a team that won 11 games for a third straight season. The Gamecocks need to replace quarterback Connor Shaw, defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles and cornerback Victor Hampton. "We've got a lot of players who have been here quite a while. What that means is only that," Spurrier said. "It doesn't mean we're going to beat a lot of teams or not. We can go bad or we can good. We'll have to wait and see." Spurrier uses the spring game for his new guys, so Thompson and Davis saw limited action. Thompson was 8-for-11 for 129 yards, while Davis carried the ball just twice. After an earlier scrimmage, Spurrier suggested that the season might hinge on keeping Thompson healthy. He said after the spring game that it might be fall practice before he names his No. 2 QB. "The guy standing closest to me might get to go in," Spurrier said. - AP Sports
10/23/13 - South Carolina to start backup QB...South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier confirmed Wednesday that backup Dylan Thompson will replaced injured Connor Shaw as the starting quarterback for Saturday's Southeastern Conference game against Missouri. But Spurrier did not rule Shaw out of the game, saying it is possible that Shaw could serve as the backup. "(Shaw) may be able to dress and get back up, we don't know," Spurrier said, according to GoGamecocks.com. "But Dylan is definitely going to start the game, and it'll be his game to go with."
Thompson, a redshirt junior, will make his third career start when the fifth-ranked Tigers (7-0) come to Columbia, S.C. He is no stranger to big games, having led the Gamecocks to a win over Clemson in the final game of the 2012 regular season and throwing the winning touchdown pass against Michigan in the Outback Bowl. "It's time to let Dylan show what he can do," Spurrier said. Shaw sprained a knee late in South Carolina's SEC loss to Tennessee last Saturday and is limited in practice this week. - The Sports Xchange
08/29/13 - Scouting the South Carolina passing game: Although backup Dylan Thompson has been labeled by many the better passer of the duo, starter Connor Shaw has been incredibly accurate throwing the football, completing 66.8 percent of his career aerials. He hopes to improve on that this season. As has been the case during his two years as starter, the team must replace a wide receiver that left early to join the NFL. This time it is Ace Sanders who is now playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bruce Ellington was right behind with 40 catches for 600 yards and one touchdown. Thompson, who bailed the Gamecocks out on several occasions last season, will get an opportunity to play but is considered the backup. - The Sports Xchange
01/07/13 - Three days removed from his team’s last-second victory against Michigan in the Outback Bowl, South Carolina football Steve Spurrier said backup quarterback Dylan Thompson could play in the NFL.
Speaking in response to a question from ESPN radio talk show host Colin Cowherd about college quarterbacks with NFL potential, Spurrier said, “We’ve got a kid down here that is only a sophomore, Dylan Thompson, who I think is going to have a chance. He is right around 6-3 ˝ and can move a little bit, stay in the pocket and all that kind of stuff.”
Thompson, the backup to junior Connor Shaw, started two games this season -- against East Carolina and Clemson. He passed for more than 300 yards in both. In the 27-17 victory against the archrival Tigers, Thompson completed 23 of 41 passes for 310 yards with three touchdowns.
'Thompson also played a big role in the Gamecocks’ 33-28 bowl win, throwing a 32-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Bruce Ellington with 11 seconds remaining. He had replaced Shaw, who left with an injury and underwent ankle surgery today.
Thompson completed seven of 10 passes for 117 yards with two touchdowns in the game and finished the season 66-for-127 for 1,027 yards with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. The former Boiling Springs High standout is listed as 6-foot-3 and 217 pounds. - Greenville Online