Washington HC Chris Petersen said junior Shaq Thompson will start at LB against Arizona.
Washington junior running backer Shaq Thompson rushed for 100 yards on 16 carries in the school's 44-30 loss to UCLA.
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. noted that Washington junior LB/RB Shaq Thompson is "still a defender if we're talking draft value."
An NFL scout told Sports Illustrated that Washington junior Shaq Thompson projects as a first- or second-round draft pick if he chooses to enter the 2015 NFL Draft as an underclassman.
Washington junior Shaq Thompson will start at RB, not LB, against UCLA for the third straight game.
Washington junior RB/Off-LOS LB Shaq Thompson rushed for 174 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in the school's 38-23 win over Colorado.
CBS Sports' Dane Brugler was impressed by Washington junior OLB Shaq Thompson's ability to play both sides of the ball.
NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote that he would go "all-in" on Washington junior OLB Shaq Thompson if asked to place a wager on a prospect with "the potential to skyrocket during the run up to the draft."
Washington junior OLB Shaq Thompson "proved that his big play ability translated just as well to the offensive side of the ball" on Saturday versus Arizona State, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.
Washington junior OLB Shaq Thompson, playing almost exclusively at running back, collected 98 yards rushing on 21 carries in Saturday's 24-10 loss to Arizona State.
Washington junior OLB Shaq Thompson and junior CB Marcus Peters will both declare for the draft after this season, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.
Washington junior OLB Shaq Thompson possesses "excellent athleticism and awareness in coverage, traits that project well in today's pass-happy NFL," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.
Washington junior OLB Shaq Thompson "is an athletic and versatile linebacker and will receive first round consideration whenever he enters the NFL Draft," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
An AFC scout believes Washington junior OLB Shaq Thompson "is a more natural runner" than UCLA's Myles Jack.