If DT Trenton Thompson doesn’t return, Georgia defense has much less bite
The future of Trenton Thompson, Georgia’s standout defensive tackle, is up in the air at this point due to an undisclosed health issue.
Thompson is no longer enrolled after withdrawing for the spring semester. According to an official statement from the school, he suffered “an adverse reaction to medications prescribed specifically for his medical condition.”
A 6-foot-4, 309-pound monster in the middle of the Bulldogs defense, Thompson totaled 59 tackles — including 9.5 behind the line of scrimmage — in 2016 for coach Kirby Smart. More often than not, D-tackle isn’t necessarily a playmaking position. But as a true sophomore, he tied for the team lead with 5.0 sacks.
Right now, there’s no timetable for Thompson’s return to UGA. Unfortunately for the Dawgs, it’s fair to wonder if he ever will.
In the wee hours of Thursday morning, Thompson was picked up by university police upon being spotted wandering aimlessly on a campus road. The police report, which was obtained by the AP, described him as “behaving incoherently.”
If he were unable to make it back in uniform for the Dawgs, then their status as the team to beat in the East would take a hit. While the offense is led by strong-armed quarterback Jacob Eason and the one-two tailback punch of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, Thompson — a former 5-star signee — may be Smart’s most talented player.
The school’s statement was quite adamant: Nothing was in Thompson’s system that shouldn’t have been there, period.
“With respect to last night’s incident, the physical appearance and behavior described in the UGA PD report is solely related to an adverse reaction to medications prescribed specifically for his medical condition. The adverse reaction required emergency transport to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released. Toxicology tests performed at the hospital were negative for OxyContin.”