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Shaq Thompson
LB #54
Height:
6-0
Weight:
230
Age:
24
College:
Washington
Hometown:
Sacramento, Calif.
Experience:
4

Quick Stats (2017):

TCKL
61
SCK
2.0
FF
1
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 167 112 55 3.0 0 8 1 12 -- 12 0 1 2
2017 CAR 14 14 61 41 20 2.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2016 CAR 14 12 56 39 17 0.0 0 5 1 12 12 12 0 0 2
2015 CAR 14 10 50 32 18 1.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @SF W 23-3 2 2 0 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 BUF W 9-3 1 1 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 NO L 13-34 7 5 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 @NE W 33-30 10 9 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 @DET W 27-24 4 3 1 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 PHI L 23-28 7 3 4 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 @CHI L 3-17 6 4 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
8 @TB W 17-3 1 1 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
9 ATL W 20-17 1 1 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
10 MIA W 45-21 3 3 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 @NYJ W 35-27 4 2 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
13 @NO L 21-31 4 2 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 MIN W 31-24 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
15 GB W 31-24 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
16 TB W 22-19 5 1 4 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
17 @ATL L 10-22 6 4 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Bio

PRO CAREER
• Played in 14 games with a career-high 14 starts in 2017...Set career-high 75 total tackles, six quarterback pressures, and two sacks.
• Recorded a season-best nine tackles at New England (10/1/17).
• Helped mark the first time in franchise history that Carolina had not allowed a touchdown through the first two games of the season, and the Panthers became the first team in the NFL to accomplish the feat since the 2010 Baltimore Ravens.
• Helped Caroline become the first NFL team since 1981 to allow three points or fewer in each of the first two games of a season.
• Played in 14 games with 12 starts in 2016...Set career-highs with 70 tackles, four quarterback pressures, one interception and two fumble recoveries, including one returned for a touchdown.
• Scored first-career touchdown vs. San Francisco (9/18/16), returning a Carlos Hyde fumble nine yards to the end zone.
• Established a career high with 11 tackles at New Orleans (10/16/16)...Matched career high vs. Atlanta (12/24/16).
• Recorded first career interception vs. San Diego (12/11/16), picking off quarterback Philip Rivers.
• Played in 14 games with 10 starts for Carolina as a rookie in 2015...Started all three postseason contests, including Super Bowl 50 vs. Denver (2/7/16)...Posted 61 tackles, one sack, two quarterback pressures and four passes defensed in rookie season.
• Contributed to unit that ranked sixth in the NFL in total defense and scoring defense in 2015. • Made NFL Debut and recorded first career start at Jacksonville (9/13/15).

TRANSACTIONS: Selected in the first round (25th overall) of the NFL Draft by Carolina (4/30/15).

GP/GS: Career (42/36) [4/4]; 2017 (14/14) [1/1]; 2016 (14/12) [0/0]; 2015 (14/10) [3/3].

2017
Played in 14 games with a career-high 14 starts... Set career-high 75 total tackles, six quarterback pressures and two sacks...Inactive for two games with foot injury...At San Francisco (9/10): Started at linebacker…Recorded three tackles and one sack…Brought down 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer for a seven-yard loss in the first quarter…Vs. New Orleans (9/24): Started at linebacker…Recorded seven tackles…At New England (10/1): Started at linebacker…Recorded a season-best nine tackles…At Detroit (10/8): Started at linebacker and recorded eight tackles, one sack and one quarterback pressure…Recorded second sack of the season in the fourth quarter, dropping Quarterback Matt Stafford for an eight-yard loss in the fourth quarter…Vs. Philadelphia (10/12): Started at linebacker…Tallied eight tackles, three quarterback pressures and one pass defense…At Chicago (10/22): Started at linebacker…Led the team with seven tackles…At Tampa Bay (10/29): Started at linebacker and tallied five tackles…Vs. Atlanta (11/5): Started at linebacker and recorded one tackle…Forced a fumble on Carolina’s first punt of the game…Vs. Miami (11/13): Started at linebacker…Tallied four tackles…At New York Jets (11/26): Started at linebacker and recorded four tackles...Tallied two special teams tackles...At New Orleans (12/3): Started at linebacker...Recorded four tackles...Vs. Minnesota (12/10): Inactive with a foot injury...Vs. Green Bay (12/17): Inactive with a foot injury...Vs. Tampa Bay (12/24): Returned to play after missing the previous two games with a foot injury...Started at linebacker and tallied five tackles...At Atlanta (12/31): Started at linebacker and tallie seven tackles...Added one special teams tackle.
POSTSEASON: At New Orleans (1/7): Started at linebacker...Tallied seven tackles.

COLLEGE
Three-year starter and three-time All-Pac 12 honoree at Washington...Entered NFL following junior season...Played in 40 games with 38 starts...Produced 233 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, five interceptions and 16 passes defensed...Earned the Paul Hornung Award in 2014, given to the nation's most versatile player...First-team All-Pac 12 selection at both linebacker and all-purpose/special teams...Made 10 starts at linebacker and three at running back...Scored six touchdowns – four on defense and two on offense...Became the first player in school history to have two defensive touchdowns in the same game when he scored on a 36-yard interception return and 52-yard fumble return versus Illinois.

PERSONAL
Attended Grant Union HS in Sacramento, Calif....Majored in American ethics at Washington...Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 18th round of the 2012 MLB Draft and played one season of rookie-level ball in the Gulf Coast League.

PRO CAREER
• Played in 14 games with a career-high 14 starts in 2017...Set career-high 75 total tackles, six quarterback pressures, and two sacks.
• Recorded a season-best nine tackles at New England (10/1/17).
• Helped mark the first time in franchise history that Carolina had not allowed a touchdown through the first two games of the season, and the Panthers became the first team in the NFL to accomplish the feat since the 2010 Baltimore Ravens.
• Helped Caroline become the first NFL team since 1981 to allow three points or fewer in each of the first two games of a season.
• Played in 14 games with 12 starts in 2016...Set career-highs with 70 tackles, four quarterback pressures, one interception and two fumble recoveries, including one returned for a touchdown.
• Scored first-career touchdown vs. San Francisco (9/18/16), returning a Carlos Hyde fumble nine yards to the end zone.
• Established a career high with 11 tackles at New Orleans (10/16/16)...Matched career high vs. Atlanta (12/24/16).
• Recorded first career interception vs. San Diego (12/11/16), picking off quarterback Philip Rivers.
• Played in 14 games with 10 starts for Carolina as a rookie in 2015...Started all three postseason contests, including Super Bowl 50 vs. Denver (2/7/16)...Posted 61 tackles, one sack, two quarterback pressures and four passes defensed in rookie season.
• Contributed to unit that ranked sixth in the NFL in total defense and scoring defense in 2015. • Made NFL Debut and recorded first career start at Jacksonville (9/13/15).

TRANSACTIONS: Selected in the first round (25th overall) of the NFL Draft by Carolina (4/30/15).

GP/GS: Career (42/36) [4/4]; 2017 (14/14) [1/1]; 2016 (14/12) [0/0]; 2015 (14/10) [3/3].

2017
Played in 14 games with a career-high 14 starts... Set career-high 75 total tackles, six quarterback pressures and two sacks...Inactive for two games with foot injury...At San Francisco (9/10): Started at linebacker…Recorded three tackles and one sack…Brought down 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer for a seven-yard loss in the first quarter…Vs. New Orleans (9/24): Started at linebacker…Recorded seven tackles…At New England (10/1): Started at linebacker…Recorded a season-best nine tackles…At Detroit (10/8): Started at linebacker and recorded eight tackles, one sack and one quarterback pressure…Recorded second sack of the season in the fourth quarter, dropping Quarterback Matt Stafford for an eight-yard loss in the fourth quarter…Vs. Philadelphia (10/12): Started at linebacker…Tallied eight tackles, three quarterback pressures and one pass defense…At Chicago (10/22): Started at linebacker…Led the team with seven tackles…At Tampa Bay (10/29): Started at linebacker and tallied five tackles…Vs. Atlanta (11/5): Started at linebacker and recorded one tackle…Forced a fumble on Carolina’s first punt of the game…Vs. Miami (11/13): Started at linebacker…Tallied four tackles…At New York Jets (11/26): Started at linebacker and recorded four tackles...Tallied two special teams tackles...At New Orleans (12/3): Started at linebacker...Recorded four tackles...Vs. Minnesota (12/10): Inactive with a foot injury...Vs. Green Bay (12/17): Inactive with a foot injury...Vs. Tampa Bay (12/24): Returned to play after missing the previous two games with a foot injury...Started at linebacker and tallied five tackles...At Atlanta (12/31): Started at linebacker and tallie seven tackles...Added one special teams tackle.
POSTSEASON: At New Orleans (1/7): Started at linebacker...Tallied seven tackles.

COLLEGE
Three-year starter and three-time All-Pac 12 honoree at Washington...Entered NFL following junior season...Played in 40 games with 38 starts...Produced 233 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, five interceptions and 16 passes defensed...Earned the Paul Hornung Award in 2014, given to the nation's most versatile player...First-team All-Pac 12 selection at both linebacker and all-purpose/special teams...Made 10 starts at linebacker and three at running back...Scored six touchdowns – four on defense and two on offense...Became the first player in school history to have two defensive touchdowns in the same game when he scored on a 36-yard interception return and 52-yard fumble return versus Illinois.

PERSONAL
Attended Grant Union HS in Sacramento, Calif....Majored in American ethics at Washington...Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 18th round of the 2012 MLB Draft and played one season of rookie-level ball in the Gulf Coast League.