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Cody Thompson



Wide Receiver


Cody Thompson is a 2017 Academic All-America candidate. He was a 2016 Academic All-MAC selection and 2016 Academic All-America nominee. He has a 3.655 GPA in marketing, will graduate in December and plans to pursue his MBA after graduation.


Thompson is a team captain and is devoted to volunteerism. His thoughts on volunteering: “Maybe it’s just a family or one kid or a hundred people, it doesn’t matter. Helping one person is enough to go out of your way. I know if I was in their shoes, I would appreciate it.”


Thompson is a Boys and Girls Club volunteer (regularly/monthly), Victory Day volunteer (2014-2017), Ronald McDonald House volunteer (2015-2017), Cherry Street Mission volunteer (2015-2017), Toledo Crash Wheelchair game volunteer (2015-2017), Glass City Marathon Kids Run volunteer (2016, 2017), and he is involved in the elementary school reading program regularly.

Thompson is a candidate for the Wuerffel Trophy as well as the Campbell Award, honoring college football players with the best combination of athletics, academics and community service. He was named to the Allstate Good Works Team for community service.


Thompson has caught at least one pass in 27 consecutive games and ranks seventh on UT’s career receiving list with 2,341 yards.

In 2017, he was named to the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award (top receiver). As of nomination time, he is the team leader with 13 receptions and ranks third in the MAC with 6.5 catches per game. He hauled in five catches for 112 yards against Elon, moving him into seventh all-time in career receiving yards at UT and had a career-high eight catches against Nevada for 101 yards and a touchdown. He is also an All-America candidate.

In 2016, he was a first-team All-MAC selection. He was second on the team with 64 receptions for a school-record of 1,269 yards and second on the team with 11 TD receptions, which also ranks third all-time at UT. He led the team and was ninth in the nation with 19.8 yards per catch. He was second in the MAC and 17th nationally with 97.6 yards receiving per game, had 14 receptions of 30 yards or more and over 100 yards receiving in six games. He was named MAC West Offensive Player of the Week for his performance vs. CMU on Oct. 22 and had a career-high seven receptions for 122 yards and four TDs vs. CMU. His four TDs ranks second on UT’s single-game list, one behind Eric Page (5 TDs vs. NIU in 2011). He had a career-high seven receptions for 126 yards vs. EMU, five receptions for 161 yards vs. BYU, four receptions for 102 yards and one TD vs. Fresno State, two grabs for 85 yards vs. Maine with a blocked punt and caught five passes for a career-high 174 yards and one touchdown vs. Arkansas State.

In 2015, Thompson was second on the team with 37 receptions. He led the team with 825 receiving yards and was first in the MAC and third in the country with 22.3 yards per catch.