December 4, 2008

Thompson makes transition to offensive line

Pflugerville junior Tyrus Thompson made a big change midseason for the Panthers. The 6-foot-6, 290-pound prospect moved from defensive tackle, a position he had played his entire life, to the offensive line.

The move paid off as his team took home a share of the District 25-5A title. Despite falling in an upset to Smithson Valley in the first round of the playoffs, Thompson still made significant strides at his new position. However, he is not sure it will be a permanent move.

"Yes sir, I switched to offensive tackle in the middle of the season," said the big junior. "I think that most of the schools are looking at me for both offense and defense. If I was to go to school in Texas or the Big 12, I'd rather play defense. If I went to school in the SEC, I would like to play offense. If I'm on offense, I'd really like to play against a good defense.

"My high school coaches tell me all the time that I need to stay at offensive tackle. They told me that if I wanted to go to the NFL, I would have to be an offensive tackle. They say that's a good spot for me because I have the perfect body build for it. They tell me I'm pretty athletic for my size. I'm okay with it. If that's what the team needs, that's what I'm going to do."

Thompson says it was a bit of a challenge making the transition, especially midseason, but having a Rivals100 defensive end as a teammate helped him rapidly improve.

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