Player Profile: Der'rikk Thompson

Billy profiles SMU WR Der'rikk Thompson, who has the speed to become the deep threat that everyone has been expecting him to be.

Der’rikk Thompson Player Profile

Position: Wide Receiver

Size: 5-11, 190 pounds

Year: Redshirt Senior (Lettered four years)

High School: Troup High School (Tex.)

Hometown: Troup, Texas

Recruitment: Thompson was a two-star prospect and also lettered in basketball and track for Troup. Clocked a 4.37 40-yard dash before tearing his ACL his senior year. Made first-team All-District 19-2A in football and basketball his junior year. Choose SMU over offers from Louisiana-Monroe and Northwestern State.

2013 Recap: Thompson was fairly quiet to begin last season, totaling a combined 81 yards on 10 catches against Texas Tech and Montana State. After an injury that sidelined “Bird” for four games, Thompson returned to action against Temple. The speedster responded with 9 catches for 158 yards and a touchdown in SMU’s 59-49 win over the Owls. Thompson was quiet against Cincinnati before another big performance against Connecticut, where he totaled 113 yards on five catches.

The last three games of the year, Thompson totaled six catches for 94 yards and a touchdown. With Thompson’s speed, a lot of fans have picked him to break out each year he’s been at SMU, but after last season, many have doubts as to if Thompson will ever be the deep threat he’s been characterized as. Thompson may have improved his yardage mark for the third consecutive season if not for injuries, but instead his production dropped off.

Grade: C

Outlook in 2014: Thompson and Stephen Nelson are now the most senior wide receivers in the group with Jeremy Johnson and Keenan Holman’s departure. Barring a terrible injury before the season, Thompson’s last chance to be a 1,000 yard receiver will be this year and SMU will need that from him with a new quarterback at the helm. Thompson and Burcham didn’t exactly display the best connection in the last three games, but Thompson did catch a touchdown against South Florida from Burcham.

With a lot of uncertainty at the other outside receiver, SMU needs Thompson to step up and be the deep threat that is so desperately needed on offense. With speedster Cedric Lancaster on the field, SMU should be able to put stress on opponents’ pass defenses with this pair. It’s up to Thompson and Burcham or Matt Davis to develop the chemistry to exploit that.

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