Big Play Chris

Chris Thompson is having a great senior season. NoleDigest spoke to the Seminole commitment to see how his year has been going and to get his thoughts on how Florida State has been playing this season.

Chris Thompson was the last in a string of top-flight commitments back in February. All of those players are considered to be one of the best at their position for the 2009 class. Chris Thompson may not be the biggest running back in this class, but very few match the ability that he brings to his team. After a mind-numbing junior season that saw him rush the ball 187 times for 2,300 yards and 33 touchdowns, Thompson has enjoyed success in the early part of 2008. While he won't repeat the season he had statistically as a junior, Thompson says that the way his team has been playing is what means the most to him.

"Everything has been going well lately," said Thompson. "Football season is here, I've been keeping my grades up, and our team is winning. We're 4-0 and we've been beating teams pretty badly. The most I've played was 3 quarters in the last game, and in the 3rd it was only on special teams. I wish I could play all of the game but it is helping our young players in case someone gets hurt." (Editor's note: This update was done the night before his game this week. Madison beat Bartram Trail to go 5-0 on the season)

One of Thompson's goals coming into the season was to at least match the stats he had during his junior campaign. Even though he won't achieve that goal, he has shown when he's played that he may in fact is a much better player than he was a year ago.

"I'm not sure of all of my stats," said Thompson, "but I have 13 touchdowns on the season. I wanted to match last year but we only have 5 games left before the playoffs so I don't think I will be able to. As long as we win it's all good to me because that is what matters most. The last game I had 315 all-purpose yards on rushing and returns. I carried the ball 10 times for 204 yards and 3 scores in the first half in that game."

Chris told NoleDigest that he has been paying a lot of attention to what the Seminoles are doing this season. He was at the last home game against Wake Forest and he's tried to catch the games that have been on television. So far he has liked what he's seen.

"The last time I talked to the coaches at FSU was when I went up there for the Wake game," explained Thompson. "Coach Carter was telling me about the system they want to have with a 4-back rotation. He wants to have guys he can switch in and out and not skip a beat. With me I will be able to do that as well as line up in the slot some and play special teams. They're still planning on lining me up at different positions, and that is something I like."

"I think they have been playing great so far this year," continued Thompson. "I missed some of the Miami game but it should have been a blow out. The couple of special teams mistakes hurt. I like how Antone Smith has been running this year. I've been waiting to see him do that and have the breakout season he's having."

Madison is the favorite to win the 2B state title again this year, and that is Chris' main goal this year. He said his focus is on two things as he's reached the mid-way point of his senior year: to win states and keep his grades where they are at.

"I'm trying to accomplish two main things," expressed Thompson. "Repeating states is one. Everything else I don't care about as long as we repeat. If we keep playing the way we are and no one gets selfish, we should be able to get it. The other main goal is to keep doing well in the classroom. I have a 3.3 right now so I am happy about that. I took the ACT my sophomore year and got a qualifying score so I don't have to worry about that."

Thompson says that he plans on making his official visit sometime this season, but that he isn't sure when that will be. He did hint that it will probably be when teammate Jacobbi McDaniel takes his, which will be during the FSU-Florida game. He did say that besides that visit he is excited about another thing, that being the ESPN Under Armor Game.

"I'm going to be visiting with Jacobbi most likely at the end of the season," said Thompson. Other than that I'm looking forward to the ESPN game. I'm planning on showing out there. They've told me they are going to feature me at several positions so I'm looking to have a great game."

Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track Chris' senior season, as well as the rest of the commitments to Florida State's 2009 recruiting class.

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