Tariq Thompson Named MW Defensive Player of the Week
Nov. 27, 2017
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
San Diego State true freshman Tariq Thompson (San Diego/St. Augustine HS) has been named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. It is the first career weekly honor for Thompson.
Thompson had eight tackles (six solo), a career-high-tying two interceptions, a career-high two pass breakups and a tackle for loss in the Aztecs’ 35-10 win over New Mexico on Friday. Thompson became the fifth FBS player this year with multiple interceptions in multiple games and the only freshman on that list.
Thompson backed a defense that held the Lobos to under 100 yards rushing for the first time since Sept. 15, 2012 at Texas Tech (84 yards) and forced seven three and outs in 13 drives. His eight-plus tackle game and two-plus interception contest was just the 11th in FBS play this season and the only one by a freshman.
On the season, Thompson has 54 tackles (39 solo), five interceptions, including an 83-yard return for a touchdown, three tackles for loss, three pass breakups, one forced fumble one fumble recovery and two quarterback hurries.
SDSU (10-2), which is ranked 25th in the latest Amway Coaches Poll, has won four consecutive games by a combined score of 157-47. San Diego State has reached double-digits in wins for a school-record third straight season.
The Aztecs will find out their bowl destination next Sunday (Dec. 3).
Aztec Club members and SDSU football season ticket holders can purchase tickets through deferred payment with Aztec Club Priority Point rank determining seat locations until Dec. 3. Click here for more information. The general public can purchase tickets online (GoAztecs.com) starting two hours after the bowl announcement on Dec. 3, and in person (SDCCU Stadium Window E) and over the phone ((619) 283-7378) beginning on Dec. 4.