Defensive Tackle Trent Thompson Is Healthy And Ready To Put The Off-Season Behind Him
It wasn’t the best of off-seasons for Georgia defensive tackle Trenton Thompson, but that’s all in the past now.
The Albany, GA native had surgery to repair an injured shoulder when the season ended, then a reaction to medication resulted in campus police taking him to the hospital after an early-morning encounter. He withdrew from spring classes but stayed in Athens and around the team while rehabbing the shoulder.
Furthermore, the Liberty Bowl MVP, lost his position coach and primary recruiter, Tracy Rocker, in a coaching change. Thompson returned to the team for summer practice with a new attitude and well-rested and recovered body.
“I would just term it as God puts you in places that you have to overcome,” Thompson said Thursdayin a press conference. “God, what he’s been through is nothing that I’ve been through. I’ve just got to keep looking forward, I can’t keep looking behind. It’s a new season and year for us. It’s a new Trent.”
Thompson never doubted he would return to Athens and the team after the medical incident with campus police last February.
“Ups and downs, adversity,” Thompson said. “You’ve got to overcome it. I’m still overcoming it. I’m not there yet.”
After re-enrolling for summer session, he has been working out with the first-team defense during summer and fall camp. Thompson has trimmed down to 300 pounds and he says he feels quicker and stronger, but most importantly, healthy.
He gave a lot of credit to junior linebacker Roquan Smith and his family in keeping him focused during the spring for a return.
“They kept me so motivated,” he said. “My family kept me motivated and said, ‘It’s not over.’”
Thompson is the cog that makes the Georgia defense click. The presence of the junior tackle is a huge boost for the Dawgs and it’s great to see he’s healthy and ready to lead Georgia this fall.