Thompson named to 11th annual FCS AD Academic All-Star Team

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech junior Bradley Thompson has been named to the 11th Annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team. A defensive end from Jamestown, Tenn., Thompson is a repeat winner for the honor.

Earlier this year, Thompson was named as an Academic All-District first-team selection for the second straight year, and also received recognition with his selection as one of six OVC Scholar-Athletes.

Thompson completed his fourth year with the Tennessee Tech football team in 2008, progressing from a walk-on to a starter on the defensive line for the Golden Eagles. In 2007 he played in 11 games, starting six contests. He had 27 total tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss, a sack, a forced fumble and two quarterback hurries. This season he played in all 12 games and made 15 tackles including 1.5 tackles-for-loss.

In the classroom Thompson has a 3.969 grade point average in mechanical engineering. He was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team in 2007, and repeated that honor in 2008. Thompson has earned multiple OVC Medal of Honors and Commissioner Honor Roll selections and has made the Tennessee Tech Dean's List and Athletic Director's Honor Roll for six consecutive semesters entering 2008-09.

He is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the Pi Tau Sigma mechanical engineering honor society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

The 43 members of the Academic All-Star Team were announced Friday (Dec. 19) at the Football Championship Subdivision championship in Chattanooga.

Football players from all FCS institutions are eligible for selection. Each of the nominees were required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 in undergraduate study and have been a starter of key player with legitimate athletics credentials. He must have reached his second year of athletics and academic standing at the nominating institution and have completed a minimum of one full academic year at that institution.