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  Syd'Quan Thompson
Syd'Quan Thompson

Player Profile
Hometown:
Sacramento, CA

High School:
Grant HS

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 191

Position:
DB

Birthdate:
02/07/1987

Experience:
2006-09

Major:
Social Welfare

12/02/2006

109th Big Game

109th Big Game


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PRONUNCIATION: SID-quan

AFTER CAL: Selected by the Denver Broncos in the seventh round (225th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft on April 24, 2010 ... on the North roster for the 2010 Senior Bowl and the West roster for the East-West Shrine Game but did not play in either game due to injury.

CAL CAREER: A two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection, earning the honor in each of his final two campaigns ... started all 52 games possible over his four-year career (2006-09) to set a school record for starts as a four-year starter at cornerback for the Golden Bears ... finished his career as Cal's all-time leader in pass breakups with 36 after recording two in his final contest at the 2009 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl to move past previous school-record holder Chidi Iwuoma, who recorded 35 from 1997-2000 ... other final career totals included 257 tackles, seven interceptions that he returned for 204 yards, 43 passes defended, 2.0 sacks (-17 yards), 20.0 tackles for loss (65 yards), one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and 36 punt returns that he brought back for a total of 389 yards, including one that he returned 73 yards for a touchdown vs. Colorado State in 2008 ... also returned a fumble against Stanford 15 yards for a touchdown in the Big Game vs. Stanford in 2006 ... posted a total of 608 career all-purpose yards, adding one kick return for 15 yards to his punt and interception return totals.

2009: (Game-By-Game Stats) A first-team All-Pac-10 selection and Phil Steele 2009 Postseason All-Pac-10 Second-Team Defense choice ... started all 13 games for the fourth consecutive season and finished with 49 tackles, 4.0 TFL, a team-high 10 pass breakups and one interception that he returned for 38 yards, along with eight punt returns for 45 yards ... named the team's Most Valuable Back on defense for the second straight season ... received the squad's Ken Harvey Award given to the player showing special academic commitment and improvement, and was also honored academically as one of 22 national winners of the Academic Momentum Award as part of the Scholar-Baller program in conjunction with the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) by improving his GPA to 2.995 during the spring of 2009 after a period on academic probation following his first year at Cal ... started the season on the watch list for the Lott Trophy, awarded annually to the college football Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year ... first-team preseason All-American by Athlon, CBSSports.com, Lindy's and NationalChamps.net, while checking in as a second-team selection of Sporting News and a third-team choice by Phil Steele ... also earned first-team preseason All-Pac-10 recognition on defense from Athlon, Lindy's, Phil Steele and Sporting News, and as a punt returner from Athlon and Phil Steele ... other rankings include the No. 6 defensive back by Rivals.com and No. 8 cornerback by Phil Steele.

2008: (Game-By-Game Stats) Played in and started all 13 games ... earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors, recording 70 tackles, 7.5 TFL, a team-high four interceptions (No. 6-T Pac-10) that he returned for 128 yards and a school record-tying 18 passes defended (No. 3-T Pac-10, No. 5-T NCAA) ... also ranked fourth in the Pac-10 and was No. 21 nationally in punt returns, averaging 12.3 yards per return by bringing back 28 punts for 344 yards, which included a 73-yard return for a touchdown vs. Colorado State ... received Cal's Andy Smith Award for having the team's most Big C playing time and also earned the squad's Most Valuable Defensive Back Award ... picked off a pass at the Cal five-yard line with just 0:14 remaining before halftime to preserve a 17-7 lead at the intermission vs. Michigan State ... set a single-game school record with a Pac-10 season-high 108 interception return yards off a Pac-10 single-game season-high-tying two picks at Washington State with one of them a 90-yard return that set up a Cal score and ranked as the second-longest return in the Pac-10 in 2008 and tied for the fifth-longest return in school history ... recorded his fourth and final pick of the season at Oregon State in a game in which he also recorded a season-high 2.0 TFL ... posted his first career sack against Maryland and then picked up another in the next game vs. Colorado State when he was also named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week thanks to five punt returns for a Pac-10 season-high 131 return yards, including the 73-yarder for a TD ... recorded a season-best 10 tackles vs. UCLA (0.5 TFL), tallied nine stops against Colorado State, eight more vs. Oregon (including 1.0 TFL) and seven against Washington (1.0 TFL) ... broke up a career-best four passes vs. Arizona State and had three in the regular season opener vs. Michigan State ... had his 15-yard kick return vs. Oregon.

2007: (Game-By-Game Stats) Played in and started all 13 games ... finished the season fourth on the team with a career-high 78 tackles, to go along with 6.0 TFL (third on team), one interception that he returned 38 yards, one forced fumble and a team-high 10 pass breakups ... tallied a career-best 12 stops and forced a fumble in a win over Arizona ... notched six solo tackles, including a career-high 3.0 TFL, in the Armed Forces Bowl victory over Air Force ... recorded his lone interception vs. Washington State and returned it 38 yards, while adding four tackles and two pass breakups ... posted seven stops (six solo) in the Big Game at Stanford ... recorded nine tackles (all solo) at UCLA ... added eight more takedowns at Oregon ... tallied six tackles, including 1.5 TFL, and a pass breakup against Tennessee ... had six tackles and a season-best three pass breakups against Oregon State, while also notching six stops at Colorado State and Arizona State.

2006: (Game-By-Game Stats) Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman selection after starting and playing in all 13 games ... honored as the team's Most Valuable Freshman, finishing the season sixth on the club with 60 tackles, while adding an interception, two fumble recoveries (No. 9-T Pac-10) and two pass breakups ... became a starter after Tim Mixon went down with a knee injury in the preseason ... recorded five tackles in his college debut at Tennessee ... had his first TFL (0.5) in his first home game vs. Minnesota and his first career pick (along with six tackles) two weeks later vs. Arizona State ... picked up his first fumble recovery the next week at Oregon State and another 0.5 TFL against Oregon ... matched the six tackles (all solo) and recorded his first career pass breakup at Washington State, recorded seven tackles vs. UCLA and then registered a season-high eight against USC ... collected a tackle behind the line of scrimmage and a pass breakup against Arizona ... returned a fumble 15 yards for a touchdown during the second quarter of his first Big Game against Stanford to give the Golden Bears their first touchdown.

2005: Redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL: Earned All-America honors from PrepStar and SuperPrep, and rated as the No. 11 corner in the nation by ESPN ... PrepStar placed the three-time All-State performer on its Dream Team Top 100, while SuperPrep rated him the No. 17 defensive back in the country and the No. 13 overall player in California ... Rivals slotted him at No. 13 among the best athletes in the nation and the No. 21 overall player in the state of California ... Scout listed him as the No. 5 overall player on its West Hot 100 ... recorded 70 tackles and two interceptions on defense, while also rushing for 1,136 yards and 13 touchdowns and recording 10 catches for 46 yards as a senior ... led team to a playoff berth and a 9-2 overall record while earning second-team All-Metro honors from the Sacramento Bee during his senior campaign and was invited to play in the CaliFlorida Bowl after the season ... voted California's Junior "Mr. Football Award" in 2003 and was picked as the top junior in the state by Rivals ... earned first-team All-Metro League and All-State recognition during his junior season, when he rushed for 950 yards and 18 touchdowns, caught 15 passes for 360 yards and four TDs, and reeled off 79 tackles and five interceptions on defense ... also returned five punts for touchdowns and one kickoff for a TD as a junior.

PERSONAL: Full name is Syd'Quan Tramele Thompson ... born February 7, 1987 ... parents are David and Patty Thompson ... major is Social Welfare.

LAST UPDATED: June 24, 2010


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