Osband Thompson (#5) played as a linebacker for Tuskegee University. Thompson attended Miami Jackson High School in Miami, Florida. Thompson played only two years of football starting in his junior year. During his senior season, he was announced as a team captain and was named Second Team All-Dade. Thompson mentioned that to this day he still stays connected with his high school coach Antonio “Dayla” Brown. Thompson was also a member of the track team and competed in the 400, high jump, shot put and discus.
Thompson had a very successful career playing at Tuskegee University starting during his freshman season. During Thompson’s freshman season, he saw time in 11 games making 8 starts. Thompson finished with 80 tackles, 7 TFL, 3 sacks and 2 interceptions. Thompson returned the 2 interceptions for a total of 140 yards and 1 touchdown. Thompson was able to finish the season with four games with 10+ tackles. His best game came against West Georgia when he recorded 12 tackles. During his sophomore season, Thompson saw improvement in his game as he started all 13 games at outside linebacker and recorded 104 tackles, 11 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, a blocked field goal, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and three quarterback hurries. During the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Thompson recorded 268 tackles, 18 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 7 quarterback hurries, 6 deflected passes, 5 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Thompson’s performance in 2017 led him to First Team 2017 American Football Coaches Association All-American Team as a linebacker. Thompson reflected on his career by saying, “just going to Tuskegee and doing what I had to do, to just putting myself in that position to make it into the next level.”
Thompson mentioned his most memorable experience at Tuskegee saying it came during his freshman season. Thompson explained that it was, “when I caught my first interception and ran it back 87 yards for a touchdown in front of 15,000 people during our homecoming game.” Thompson also talked about his toughest matchup and said it was against University for North Carolina Pembroke’s quarterback, Pat O’Brien. Thompson said, “when I first watched Pat on film I was like dang is he incompleting any passes? I remember one play, he motioned the receiver over and threw it to him right behind my back.”
Thompson had the opportunity to participate in the University of Alabama’s Pro Day on March 7th. Thompson talked about his experience and said, “it was a good experience the atmosphere itself made me even more hype to work.” Thompson tested good as he put up 18 reps on bench, ran a 4.6 during the 40 yard dash, 34.5 inch vertical, and 9’7” broad jump. Thompson has proven to be a versatile player on defense as he has experience playing as both a linebacker and as a member of the secondary. Thompson has quick hands and is able to shed the block when playing on the edge. As a member of the secondary Thompson proves to have good vision and is able to play the ball very well.