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Tyrus Thompson | Tackle

Team: Oklahoma Sooners
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 336

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CBS Sports' Rob Rang noted that Oklahoma senior T Tyrus Thompson was "able to anchor better...than most collegiate tackles" against Baylor edge rusher Shawn Oakman.
"When Oakman was able to rip free from Thompson' grasp," wrote Rang, "the OU tackle calmly re-set, keeping his feet sliding and his shoulders square to Baylor's pass-rusher." The 6-foot-5, 336-pound Thompson was also able to use his bulk to keep Oakman at bay. "Each of Oakman's primary stops came yards downfield in pursuit after Thompson effectively had blocked him." Thompson's performance against one of the premier defensive prospects in the game is going to move him up a few notches on draft boards. Nov 9 - 2:06 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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ESPN's Todd McShay ranks Oklahoma senior T Tyrus Thompson as the No. 22 overall prospect.

The 6-foot-5, 320-pounder has made a leap this season, moving out of teammate Daryl Williams' (ranked No. 31 by McShay) shadow. "Thompson is a massive tackle prospect with good bulk, length and above-average foot quickness and lateral agility," McShay wrote. "He could afford to display more toughness on tape, and he needs to get stronger, but his athleticism allows him to do very well in pass protection and as a run-blocker in space. He is one of the anchors of a very good, very experienced Sooners offensive line." Particularly impressive has been Thompson's development as a pass blocker this year.
Oct 15 - 7:05 PM

Oklahoma senior T Tyrus Thompson isn't as "polished or reliable" as bookend teammate OT Daryl Williams, writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Thompson started 11 games at LT last season after spending his first few years on campus as a part-timer. "Thompson lacks overwhelming strength and is too easily bullied on his heels, not effectively extending and utilizing his reach," Brugler wrote. "He will get grabby with late hands and reactions and needs to eliminate the mental mistakes and immaturity as a senior to prove he can be a consistent edge blocker." We saw Thompson as an average pass blocker last year, but Brugler is correct in his assertion that the prospect has good natural balance and rarely overextends himself. The tools, in other words, are there. "But in order for him to have a NFL future, he needs to show considerable improvement in 2014," wrote Brugler.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 6 - 9:35 PM

Oklahoma senior T Tyrus Thompson suffered an ankle injury against West Virginia.

Some speculated it was a "gruesome" injury, but Bob Stoops did not go into to detail. Thompson moved to the left side this season to fill in for the departed Lane Johnson. He has looked above average in pass protection, but he's is still in need of refinement. The Sooners face Tulsa next.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 09:28:00 AM

Oklahoma sophomore Tyrus Thompson has earned the Sooners starting LT job, with 2011 RT starter Lane Johnson playing the swing tackle role.

The idea for keeping a 2011 starter in Johnson as a backup at both positions comes down to trust, and since Thompson does not have starting experience, a veteran presence to spell him is not a bad idea. "He's bringing it every day in our meetings. He's practicing well. He's had a great energy about him. He's executing the way we'd like him to," offensive line coach Bruce Kittle said. The Sooners interior offensive line has been ravaged with injuries this offseason, so the group will have plenty of new faces compared to last year.
Source: Tulsa World
Fri, Aug 17, 2012 09:22:00 AM