Oregon linebacker Grant Thompson, a redshirt junior from Cottage Grove High School (Cottage Grove, Oregon), enters his fourth season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Thompson was a talented two-sport athlete in football and wrestling. As a junior in high school, he finished in eleventh place in the 215 pounds weight division in the OSAA Class 4A state wrestling championships and earned second-team all-league at center and linebacker on the gridiron. As a senior, Thompson was named first-team all-Sky-Em offense (center) and defense (linebacker) and was awarded all-Sky-Em league defensive player of the year.
In 2010, Thompson redshirted with the Ducks while participating as a member on the scout team.
In 2011, Thompson earned scout team special teams player of the year honors. He appeared in two games during the year, mostly on special teams. He participated in the Spring Game and finished with four solo tackles.
In 2012, Thompson appeared in five games and made his first collegiate tackle in a win over Tennessee Tech. He finished the season with four tackles (two unassisted, two assisted) and was honored as scout team player of the year on defense.
Thompson had a major appearance in the 2013 Spring Game finishing fourth on the green team in total tackles with five (four solo, one unassisted).
Going into the 2013 season, Thompson figures to battle for reserve time at linebacker but will likely continue to make the bulk of his contribution on special teams. He has great strength (475 lbs squat) and speed (7.01 seconds “L” run) making him perfect for breaking through blocks and running down field for tackles.