More freshmen will have a much larger presence this season as the West Virginia University football team gets ready to enter as a member of the Big 12 Conference.
A standout thus far has be freshman receiver Jordon Thompson. Thompson has impressed the coaches enough to earn his spot on the field in the 2012 season. He has earned significant praise through training camp.
As a receiver, Thompson is explosive and has very similar traits to Tavon Austin at the position. The true freshman will battle for his right at the starting position.
Thompson, who has managed to earn the nickname 'Squirt' by his peers in camp, has had some more experience than the rest of the freshman class, as he arrived on campus a semester earlier. That means more preparation on the field and the ability to get adjusted to a new lifestyle in Morgantown.
In the annual Gold-Blue Spring Game, Thompson earned praise from coaches and fans with his eight receptions for 66 yards and a score.
The 5-foot-7, 164-pound receiver out of Katy, Texas has shown that he has built up enough credibility to earn him a spot with guys like Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. He will definitely be a threat with the deep ball from quarterback Geno Smith as well.
Through Squirt's agility and speed, the sky is the limit for this kid. He has endless potential and has the proper guys to train him at his position. Thompson is learning the routes, when to get out of bounds and more essentials for being a top receiver for the Mountaineers.
While his nickname was given to him by Bailey due to his size, Thompson has used his speed to attract head coach Dana Holgorsen and the rest of the coaching staff. Teammate Dustin Garrison was a large part of Thompson's decision to come to WVU as a former
Thompson embellishes his role on the team, and his nickname for that matter.