June 23, 2008

Thompson turned heads in Athens

When the camp got started in Athens last weekend, everyone was talking about Marcus Lattimore at running back. After the first session was complete, it wasn't just Lattimore anymore. Juwan Thompson had joined him as he created a strong buzz around camp after he showed a lot of speed in the first drill.

"It was my first camp like this, so I know I could do better, but I think I did pretty good," said Thompson. "I had to get used to some of the drills, but I think I did well overall."

After measuring in at 5-feet 11-inches tall and 203-pounds, Thompson had the place buzzing when he showcased his speed on a slow field turf.

"I ran the forty in 4.42 seconds, so I think I did well in that. At the beginning of the school year I was running around a 4.55, but I worked on it in track and I think I have gotten a lot faster. I felt good running it, so I think that time was good."

Once the coaches saw Thompson's speed to go with his physique, they started showing him a lot of attention. He talked with most of the UGA coaches at some point during the camp, but he spent the most time with Coach Tony Ball and Coach Mark Richt.

"Coach Ball talked to about my body control and how I need to work on that. He told me he likes my speed, but to work on my body control. He is a cool coach. He worked us hard and I liked him."

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