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2002 Ernest Thompson
Position: Athlete
Ernest Thompson Bio
Release: 01/08/2008
A four-year football letterman 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1989. One of the more prolific scorers in the history of the Eagle football program, set numerous season and career scoring records which stood for over 10 seasons, which included single-season rushing touchdowns (19), single-season overall touchdowns (19) and single-season points scored (116). A member of three national championship teams (1985, 1986 and 1989) and a participant in three title games (1985, 1988 and 1989). Helped guide Eagles to the NCAA's first-ever perfect 15-0 season as a senior in 1989. Currently ranks fifth all-time in career scoring with 266 points. Often used in short-yardage, goal-line situations, he finished his career with a 44 touchdowns. Was the nation's second-leading scorer in 1988, averaging 11.60 points per contest. Stood fifth in scoring in 1989 with a 9.82 average. Played primary role in Georgia Southern's outstanding offensive unit during senior year guiding Eagles to top national rank in rushing (329.2 ypg) and runner-up status in scoring (36.8 ppg). Helped GSC to No. 2 national listing in scoring offense in 1988 with a 33.7 clip. Played in 48 overall games, including playoffs, and made 41 starts. Rushed for 1,443 yards on 347 carries, an average of 4.2 yards per attempt. Scored a total of 55 career touchdowns, 51 on the ground. Was officially credited with 1,202 rushing yards on 284 carries during 38-game regular season career (32 starts). Contributed 42 rushing touchdowns and two receiving scores. Averaged 15.1 yards per pass reception during four-year career. Made 27 catches for 409 yards in 48 overall contests while recording 23 receptions for 302 yards in regular season action. Originally signed with Georgia Southern as a quarterback and primarily played that particular position as a true freshman in 1985 completing 21-of-53 passes for 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Finished career with 329 passing yards and three scores.