FB receives Street & Smith's accolades
FB has 11 earn Athlon preseason all-MW
Football adds Richard Sanchez to staff
Thompson a FWAA Freshman All-American
Football set for Armed Forces Bowl
Tariq Thompson Career Stats
- Nov. 26, 2017 vs. New Mexico
Athletic safety who impressed the coaching staff in fall camp and started right away ... Reads the offensive extremely well ... Will start at one of the two Warrior spots in Rocky Long's 3-3-5 defense ... Father, Tracy, played safety at San Diego State from 1982-85.
FRESHMAN (TRUE) SEASON
Was named a freshman All-American by both FWAA and USA Today ... Also was a second-team all-Mountain West selection by the league's coaches and media ... Also was chosen as a Pro Football Focus first-team all-MW pick and a second-team all-MW pick by Phil Steele Magazine ... Earned the Co-Outstanding Freshman Award (with Keith Ismael) ... Started the team's 13 games, making 63 tackles (46 solo), with three tackles for a loss of 27 yards, five interceptions for 83 yards and a touchdown, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, four pass breakups and three quarterback hurries ... Tied for the FBS lead among true freshmen with five interceptions, while ranking in a tie for second among all FBS freshmen ... Tied for the MW lead and tied for 15th nationally in interceptions per game (0.38) ... Was the only freshman in the country with multiple interceptions in multiple games ... His 63 tackles tied Trey Lomax (2014) for the most tackles among freshmen in the Rocky Long defensive coordinator era (since 2009) ... Became the first Aztec true freshman to start on defense against UC Davis since Leon McFadden started at Colorado State on Oct. 24, 2009 ... Was also the first SDSU true freshman to start an opener on defense since McFadden started the 2009 opener at UCLA ... Was the first Aztec true freshman to start on either side of the ball since current fullback Nick Bawden started at quarterback at Fresno State on Oct. 3, 2014 ... Had an impressive debut with a game-high-tying four tackles (all solo), including a 3-yard tackle for loss, an interception and a forced fumble ... The interception led to a John Baron II field goal to put the Aztecs up, 3-0 ... Had another good outing at Arizona State in a start, coming up with three solo tackles and a fumble recovery (first of career) ... Made two tackles (one solo) in a third straight start against No. 19/19 Stanford ... Had four tackles (three solo), including a 23-yard tackle for loss on a high snap on a punt at Air Force ... Finished with six tackles and a career-best two interceptions against Northern Illinois ... Had an 83-yard interception return for a touchdown, SDSU's longest since Leon McFadden had a 96-yard interception score at Fresno State on Sept. 29, 2012, the fourth longest by an Aztec since at least 1996 and tied for the 18th-longest interception in FBS play ... Came up with four stops (two solo) and a quarterback hurry in a sixth straight start at UNLV ... Had six tackles (five solo), while adding a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry in a start vs. Boise State ... Registered four tackles (three solo) in a start against Fresno State ... Had two tackles (one solo) in a start at Hawai'i ... Registered three tackles (one solo) in a start at San José State ... Made a career-high nine tackles (seven solo) vs. Nevada ... Was named the MW Defensive Player of the Week and to the Pro Football Focus MW Team of the Week for his play against New Mexico, when he had eight tackles (six solo), a career-high-tying two interceptions, a career-high two pass breakups and a tackle for loss ... Was one of four FBS players with multiple interceptions in multiple games and the only freshman on that list ... His eight-plus tackle game and two-plus interception contest was just the 11th in FBS play at the time and the only one by a freshman ... Finished his season with a career-high-tying nine tackles (seven solo), a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry against Army West Point in the Armed Forces Bowl.
Earned four letters at St. Augustine High School here in San Diego ... Led the Saints to a pair of 10-3 seasons in 2015 and 2016 ... According to MaxPreps, finished his four-year career with 217 tackles (139 solo), four tackles for loss, 11 interceptions for 151 yards, 38 pass deflections, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, a sack and two blocked field goals ... On the offensive side of the ball was used as a receiver, where he made 85 catches for 1,167 yards (13.7 avg.) and 15 touchdowns over the past three seasons ... Had a total of 17 touchdowns over his career, including 15 receiving, one interception and one kick return ... Was a two-time all-CIF selection and a three-time all-Eastern League pick ... Also was the team's MVP ... A three-star recruit by ESPN, and a two-star recruit by Rivals and 247sports ... Received a grade of 78 by 247sports and a 71 by ... Also played basketball at St. Augustine High School.
Tariq Edward Thompson was born Aug. 9, 1999, in San Diego, Calif. ... Son of Anne Ford-Thompson ... Chose the Aztecs over offers from Fresno State and Northern Arizona ... Undecided on a major.
Tackles: 9 vs. Army West Point (12/23/17), vs. Nevada (11/18/17)
Tackles For Loss: 1.0 vs. New Mexico (11/24/17), at Air Force (9/23/17), vs. UC Davis (9/2/17)
Interceptions: 2 vs. New Mexico (11/24/17), vs. Northern Illinois (9/30/17)
Pass Breakups: 2 vs. New Mexico (11/24/17)
Forced Fumbles: 1 vs. UC Davis (9/2/17)
Fumble Recoveries: 1 at Arizona State (9/9/17)
Defensive Touchdowns: 1 vs. Northern Illinois (9/30/17)