There seems to be a trend when it comes to Syracuse freshmen changing their positions for the betterment of the team. Ron Thompson is no different.
The 6-foot-4, 256-pound newly minted defensive end is still adapting, but coming along at a nice pace.
"It was both ways," Thompson said about the conversion, "I told the coaches I was ready to do that. It was good for both parties."
"In our tight-end room, we have a lot of guys that are really good that do the same amount of things. I did it for the best of our team and decided to go to defensive end."
Thompson credits his teammates, Robert Welsh, Eric Crume, Jay Bromley and Micah Robinson and the coaching staff, specifically coach Bullough and coach Daoust, for his transition from tight-end to defensive end.
"They all have been helping me out and getting me where I need to go," Thompson said. "Early on, I struggled a bit. They just kept teaching me and eventually it stuck."
He continued, "I had all of fall to learn the playbook and Coach Bullough and coach Daoust did a good job of getting me what I need to know."
The freshman landed this week on our Syracuse Superlatives despite coming out with a lopsided loss against Northwestern.
Thompson showed his athleticism early on and capitalized on his strength. He was able to pursue Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter with his speed and used his technique to bring him down behind the line of scrimmage.
Currently, on the young season, the freshman already has five total tackles and looking forward to getting after Wagner's offense this coming Saturday in the team's home opener.
"We prepare the same way every week," he said. "We have been grinding it out in practice and working a bit on our squeeze technique so we don't have quarterback (Matt Misley) running all over us.
Earlier this week in his weekly teleconference, coach Scott Shafer pointed out Misley's ability to throw and run.
"They are averaging 35 points a game," Shafer said. "He is a big part of making sure the offense is being run the way they want it to. He can run well and he has a pretty good arm, we have to be prepared for both."
With a goose egg in the win column, Thompson looks at it as motivation.
"We are like a family, a brotherhood," he said. "We are going to win together and we are going to lose together. We have to take the losses and learn from them. Being 0-2 is really motivating us. We want to go out and get our first win for coach (Shafer).
Like fellow teammate, Kendall Moore, Thompson is ready to get back home and put on for the hometown crowd.
"Playing in the Dome is going to be fun," he said. "My first two games here were away games. I finally get to play in front of our students and fans. Hopefully we will put on a good show for them."
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