Shaq Thompson Now A Standout Linebacker At UW

shaq thompsonDrafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 18th round of the 2012 MLB draft, Shaq Thompson, who was then a football commit to University of Washington, decided to try being a multi-sport athlete.

In his senior year, Thompson did play baseball and slashed .305/.379/.644 over the course of 23 games, which does not scream draft prospect. What was impressive however, was that he played that well after not playing organized baseball since the sixth grade. The real reason why Boston drafted him was because of his raw athleticism. Taking home $45k, Thompson agreed to try out pro baseball in the Red Sox organization.
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That summer, he played pro baseball, but he struggled and was unjustly ridiculed. In 13 games for the GCL Red Sox, Thompson registered 39 at-bats, and struck out in almost all of them. Fannning in 37 of his 39 at-bats, Thompson did not record a hit, but he did manage to draw eight walks putting his OBP at .170.

At least Thompson tried the game, but it is clear now he will not be coming back any time soon. He received plenty of negative attention for an 18-year-old playing a game from 50-year-old men who likely could not throw out a decent first pitch before a game.
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Luckily for Thompson, he is a star football player. In three games for the Huskies this year, the now junior has racked up 22 tackles including a sack. In his last game against Illinois, he got a 36-yard pick six and took a fumble 52 yards to the house.

In addition to being one of the top linebackers in the country, Thompson has played some running back as well. Rushing for a 57-yard score in the first game of the year, he has rushed for 82 yards on six carries as one of the few college football players who goes both ways.
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Before the start of the 2014 football season, Thompson was named to SI.com’s preseason All-America second team.