7 Questions with Brandon Thompson

CLEMSON - Could this freshman defensive tackle see the field this season? Don't be surprised if he does.

Big Brandon Thompson, the No. 6 defensive tackle in the nation according to Scout.com in the class of 2008, is hard to miss on the football field.

However, given the fact the Tigers return both starting interior defensive linemen this year in Dorell Scott and Rashaad Jackson, it may be hard for him to see significant playing time as a true freshman.

That is, unless he has a strong preseason camp.

CUTigers.com caught up with Thompson after his first practice as a Clemson Tiger to get his thoughts on the upcoming season and his transition to the college game:

How was your first practice as a Clemson Tiger?
Thompson: It was cool. It was a big step up from high school. There was a lot of running and it was fast paced. It was a little longer, but it was cool thought.

How did workouts go for you last month?
Thompson: Well the workouts have been something. At the beginning it was hard, but after a while you get use to it and then you just feel yourself getting in better and better shape.

What is your current weight?
Thompson: I am at like 310 right now. I want to play probably about 300, maybe 295.

What position do you want to play?
Thompson: I want to play the one, nose guard.

How much have the older guys been helping you so far?
Thompson: Rashaad [Jackson], Dorell [Scott] and Miguel [Chavis] have really been helping me. They help me get my alignment straight and they help me with my stance and all of that. I thank them a lot for their help.

How has the first month of school gone for you?
Thompson: It is great. I got the hang of it now. When school starts it won't be a big deal. It is good to get here early.

What are your goals for your first year?
Thompson: School-wise I want to make a 3.5. Playing wise I want to get at least 15 to 20 snaps per game.

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