For Thompkins, his career has never really taken off and now he's searching for consistency in his final spring as a Cane.
"I thought he did good," Al Golden said of the senior receiver's performance in the first scrimmage. "For Kendal, I can't go back to last year. He had a great offseason but didn't bring it into spring like Streeter or the way Travis came on. I see him making progress now."
Thompkins has caught just eight passes for 63 yards and one touchdown in his first four seasons as a Hurricane. Golden talked about what he hopes Thompkins will do to really start turning the corner this season.
"He has to get past this mental toughness, it's always tied into that position," Golden said. "We have to eliminate some of those drops."
Thompkins, who nearly signed with Nebraska coming out of high school after taking a late January visit there back in 2008, brings some nice attributes to the table but just needs to gain more focus.
"He has the speed, hands, and body control," he said. "We have to eliminate those negatives that he had. We can't have those drops."
Thompkins will have a big chance to step up during tonight's scrimmage in Fort Myers.