Thompson, who had an impressive spring and preseason, was seriously challenging senior Tommy Jackson for a starting job at noseguard, but has not been able to play effectively since the injury.
The former Statesboro, Ga., High standout hopes that changes this week as his Tigers face a major SEC showdown vs. the Georgia Bulldogs. The game will have major implications on who will be playing in the SEC Championship Game.
"It is going to be a real fun week, but a busy week," says Thompson, who is now working as a backup at tackle as well as noseguard. He missed two games this season and limped through others. Defensive line coach Don Dunn says that Thompson is moving better in practice and hopes that will show up on game day.
Josh Thompson, who is listed at 6-0, 301, works out at the Auburn football complex.
The coach and Thompson would love for this to be the breakout week for the defensive lineman.
"I have never been a Georgia fan," Thompson says. "I really didn't pay attention to college football until about my sophomore year of high school. That is when I started liking Auburn. I really have never been a fan of them and probably won't ever be a fan of Georgia."
He notes that Georgia came by and looked at him during the recruiting process, but the Bulldogs weren't interested in the two-time All-State lineman, who also played linebacker as a senior. "I think they thought I was too short and they didn't like me too much, and they had recruited a great defensive line class the year before so they didn't really have a need for another defensive lineman the year I was coming out," Thompson says.
The Tigers, who are 5-1 in the SEC after defeating Kentucky 49-27 last Saturday, are coming off their worst defensive performance half of the season. Thompson says he expects a better result this week vs. the Bulldogs.
"We just did some things wrong and didn't fit up right," he says. "It happens. We watched film and are going to learn from it. Hopefully, we will get it corrected."