Jayme Thompson's season looks to have come to an end before it even started, as he will miss a considerable amount of time due to a broken ankle.
OSU freshman safety Jayme Thompson broke ankle in practice today, his father says. Will have screws put in in surgery tmrw. Out 3 months.— Dave Briggs (@DBriggsBlade) August 7, 2013
This news likely guarantees that Thompson will be redshirted his true-freshman season and will miss the remainder of the year. While this certainly isn't the way any player would like to start his collegiate career, a redshirt was likely going to be the best option for the young man anyway.
Will Jayme Thompson be missed this season?
Thompson was part of a solid recruiting class that included several talented defensive players, including 5-star safety Vonn Bell. While Thompson has promise and should develop into a solid player in due time, Bell was the player who was expected to see reps early and make an immediate impact.
Thompson was fighting an uphill battle in hopes of seeing the field. There are plenty of bodies to choose from at safety, including projected starters C.J. Barnett and Christian Bryant. Along with Bell, other guys fighting for playing time are Corey Brown, Tyvis Powell, Jamie Wood, Ron Tanner and Devan Bogard.
It would have taken a remarkable fall camp for Thompson to have a significant impact on the upcoming season.
Still, there is plenty to like about the young man. At 6'2", 190 pounds, Thompson is a force in run support and does a nice job of flying to the football, as he looks to punish the ball-carrier. He also locates the ball quickly and can make a play with decent ball skills. He's a tough player who will be useful next season once he's fully recovered from his injury.
Thompson picked Ohio State after holding offers from Louisville, Nebraska, West Virginia and Vanderbilt among others.