AP Names Thompson First Team All-America

Dec. 11, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. --- Washington State senior free safety Lamont Thompson was named first team All-America by the Associated Press Tuesday, becoming only the sixth Cougar player to receive that honor.

'It's a big honor and a real privilege to be recognized nationally as one of the top defenders,' Thompson said. 'It's kind of shocking in a sense.'

The Richmond, Calif., native became the Pac-10's all-time leader in interceptions during his senior season, collecting his 22nd pick against Arizona State Nov. 10. He also tied school and conference marks for the most interceptions in a single game, when he took away four passes, including three in the fourth quarter, against UCLA in a 20-14 win Nov. 3.

Thompson was also the Cougars' leading tackler in 2001, racking up 83.

The fifth-year senior was forced to sit out the 2000 season with a neck injury, but returned to the form that made him an All-American candidate prior to his sophomore campaign in 1998.

'As long as I was capable of playing, anything was possible,' Thompson said. 'It was good that the team had the kind of year that they did, because that helped out a lot.'

Thompson joins Cougar legends Glenn 'Turk' Edwards, Clarence 'Clancy' Williams, Mike Utley, Dan Lynch, and Jason Hanson as the only as the only Washington State football players to be named first team All-America by the Associated Press.

Thompson will conclude his collegiate playing career against Purdue in the Sun Bowl, Dec. 31.

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