Sometimes things just don't work out like you would expect. It's how Troup athlete Der'rick Thompson feels after missing his senior season. It was just the third play of the season, when Thompson blew out his ACL. Now, with the full support of the Mustang coaching staff, Thompson is working hard to be back by the start of next year, and maybe sooner.
"I'm feeling alright and everything is getting better. I'm trying to fight through the pain. I'm going to try to be 100% for track, but if I'm not, I'm not going to push it," stated Thompson to PonyStampede.com. "I should be fine before the football season starts. The coaching staff has been very positive through the whole thing. They just tell me that they know I will work through it. They also have told me to not pus it to hard."
An accomplished track star, Thompson qualified for the Texas High School State Meet in the 100 meters last year, with a personal best time of 10.5. Troup used the amazing athletes in many ways including as a: cornerback, wide receiver, slot back, kick returner, and punt returner.
On Saturday, Thompson made the trip to Dallas to watch his future team take on UTEP. Not only was it an opportunity to watch how the Mustang's style of play, but it was a chance for Thompson to talk to other SMU prospects on the rise of the program.
"It was a big intensity game. It was pretty cool. I was just hoping that the defense would hold them when they did," said the 2010 commitment. "I talked to Coach Mason and Coach Stigall a lot before the game. I also talked a bit to Barry Browning from Everman. He was asking my why I committed and stuff about the school. He said that he could see himself coming to SMU. I told him that he should."
Thompson ended the conversation with PonyStampede.com with this quote.
"Yeah it was tough, very tough to see my teammates out there and me not being able to play. But I learned something. You can't take anything for granted. That is going to be my approach."