March 26, 2014

Thompson Aims for Consistency

Since arriving in January of 2012, West Virginia Wide Receiver Jordan Thompson has always thrived during spring football.

As a early enrollee freshman, Thompson captured the attention of just about everyone with his speed and even drew comparisons to then-teammate Tavon Austin. Then last spring, Thompson made two touchdown catches in the spring game.

The problem is that his success in the spring hasn't directly translated to similar success come the fall.

"It doesn't matter or bother me that I have the stigma of being the best spring game player ever," said Thompson. "I don't really even pay attention to it. I just go out there and try to do my thing. I just try to improve each day"

This spring, instead of trying to prove he deserves a spot on the field, Thompson is just working to become more consistent.

Having the ability to make plays has always been part of the way Thompson plays, but making catch after catch or play after play is something that he has struggled with.

"There were a couple catches he (Thompson) should have made like in the Kansas and Texas Tech games," said receivers coach Lonnie Galloway. "The catch he had against Oklahoma State was a dive-to-win-the-game catch. He needs to become more consistent."

As Thompson goes through spring drills for the third time in his career he is aware of what he needs to do to become more consistent in order to make plays on the field.

"It's a mental and a physical thing. Mentally, you have to be able to focus on catching the ball. Physically it is just is all about repetition. You have to catch balls out of the jugs machine and you have to perfect your route running too," said Thompson.

Thompson is in competition to be the fourth starting receiver. He is vying for playing time along with Jacky Marcellus and Vernon Davis Jr.

He is working extra with first-team quarterback Skyler Howard to better his chemistry in order to gain the upper hand.

"Skyler (Howard) is a hard worker. That's what I about him being our quarterback is that he puts the work in. He always wants to do extra work and always wants to throw the football to the receivers just to make sure we're all on the same page," said Thompson. "Then if we mess up in practice, I'll go to the sideline with him and talk about it. He's a competitor."

The biggest adjustment Thompson has had to make with Howard running with the first team is coming back to the football. Since Howard has scrambling ability he can extend the play outside the pocket. Thompson has worked on what to do when the play breaks down.

He has made it a point to always be an option for Howard if he is running and looking for a receiver to throw to.

"It's something we actually work on. When we run routes on air, Coach Galloway will be the quarterback and act like he broke the pocket, then we react and comeback to the ball," Thompson added.

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