73 David Thompson
ATLANTIC 10 SECOND-TEAM OFFENSIVE LINE
Starting right guard for all 49 games of his career, alongside center and fellow senior Alex Miller.
With New Hampshire (12/2) start set new UMass record for 48 games started mark along with Miller and punter Christian Koegel.
Leader of a UMass offensive line that has allowed just 36 sacks over the past three seasons in 36 games for 1.0 per game and only one sack every 28 pass attempts dating back to 2004.
Leading the way for tailback Steve Baylark as he became the third player Division I-AA history with four 1,000-yard years.
Has been in front of Baylark as he became second UMass player with 5,000 career rushing yards.
Baylark has 25 career 100-yard games behind Thompson, including nine this season.
Part of offensive line that has allowed just 15 sacks this season in 14 games (1.07 per game, which is first in A-10 and ranks 14th in the nation).
Aided Steve Baylark to his 1,000-yard season with 152 yards at Northeastern (10/28).
UMass had five straight games of more than 450 yards of total offense from Sept. 16-Oct. 21.
Aided offensive line that aided UMass' 596-yard total offense showing vs. William & Mary (10/7), including 278 rushing yards.
Headed up UMass line that led Steve Baylark to 104-yard effort at Villanova (9/16).
Leading the way for tailback Steve Baylark as he strives to become the third player Division I-AA history with four 1,000-yard seasons.
UMass did not allow a sack in the opener vs. Colgate (9/2) as Minutemen gained 179 rushing yards.
UMass allowed 11 sacks last season in 11 games to rank eighth in the nation in fewest sacks allowed (1.0 per game), also allowed just one every 32 pass attempts.
In 2005, led offensive line to six games with more than 100 rushing yards including five 100-yard games by Steve Baylark.
One of the largest members of the UMass team at 310 pounds.
COMPLETE BIO ON MEDIA GUIDE PAGE 74.
On Thompson: Three-year returning starter for the Minutemen at right guard ... An All-Atlantic 10 candidate in his senior season ... A big, athletic offensive lineman ... Has played in 35 career games, starting every game ... With size, is one of the fastest linemen on the roster.
As A Redshirt Junior In 2005:
Starting right guard, has started all 11 games and all 35 of his career ... Key part of a UMass offensive line that allowed just 20 sacks over the past two seasons (22 games) ... UMass allowed 11 sacks this season in 11 games (1.0 per game), one every 32 pass attempts in 2005 ... Helped the offensive line to six games with more than 100 rushing yards including five 100-yard games by Steve Baylark ... Aided Steve Baylark's three consecutive 100-yard games at Maine (10/22), vs. New Hampshire (10/29) and at Delaware (11/5) ... Prior to the Hofstra (11/19) game, UMass line had allowed just one sack every 39 pass attempts.
As A Redshirt Sophomore In 2004: Game-By-Game Statistics
Starting right guard, has started the last 24 games in a row (all 11 this season and all 13 last season) ... As part of a veteran offensive line helped the Minutemen average 138.8 rush yards per game and 366.4 pass yards per game ... UMass averaged 5.5 yards per play behind Miller and the offensive line.
As A Redshirt Freshman In 2003: Game-By-Game Statistics
The starting right guard for the Minutemen ... Started all 13 games on the season ... Key part of the offensive line which allowed UMass to rush for 148.8 yards per game, while supplying pass protection to allowing the Minutemen to throw for 231.6 yards per contest.
As A Freshman In 2002: Redshirted.
Before UMass: Played one year for coach Lonnie Messick at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. ... Started every game at offensive guard for Hargrave in 2001 ... Gained valuable experience while playing against a schedule which included mostly junior college teams, or junior varsity teams from universities ... Prior to his time at Hargrave, played for Bayside High School in Virginia Beach, Va.
Personal: David Earl Thompson, Jr. ... Born February 22, 1983, in Portsmouth, Va. ... Son of Karen and David Thompson, Sr. ... Has two brothers and a sister named Princess ... Majoring in African-American studies.