Sept. 29, 2008
Berkeley - Junior cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson was selected as the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. Thompson contributed to Cal's school-record 187 punt return yards in its 42-7 won over Colorado State on Saturday.
The junior product of Sacramento had a break out day vs. the Rams as a punt returner while also leading the team with nine tackles, including his second sack of the season. Thompson, who took over punt return duties in Cal's last game against Maryland, tallied a respectable 23 yards on his first three efforts, then on his fourth return, he broke free from two tacklers and dodged the remaining defenders en route to a 73-yard touchdown return, giving Cal a 28-0 advantage. On the very next drive, Thompson broke free again, but had to "settle" for a 35-yard return. He finished the game with 131 total punt return yards.
Now in his third season as a starter (30 straight starts, five career INTs, 16 career PBUs), Thompson is tops in the Pac-10 with three interceptions. He picked off two passes against Washington State, becoming the first Cal player since Daymeion Hughes in 2006 to have two interceptions in a game. He returned the second INT 90 yards (fifth-longest in Cal history) to set up a five-yard TD. Overall, he set a school-record with 108 interception return yards. Overall this season, he has 22 tackles, four pass break-ups, three interceptions and two sacks.
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