The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 7, 2013

Carl Junction's Thompson signs with Lions

By Mark Schremmer
Globe Sports Writer

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — When Carl Junction senior running back Nick Thompson broke his collarbone against Seneca, it spelled the end of his high school football career.

But it didn’t mean the end of his football days. Thompson signed to play for the Missouri Southern Lions on Wednesday at Carl Junction High School.

“I’m just really excited to get on the field again,” Thompson said. “It’s just the best feeling, because I’ve just wanted to get back on the football field since I broke my collarbone. So I’m real excited about that.”

Thompson, who has been clocked as fast as a 4.49 40-yard-dash, should fit in well with Missouri Southern’s option attack. With his speed and elusiveness, he also could factor in as a return man down the road.

“It seems like their offense fits him very well,” said Carl Junction athletics director Jesse Wall, who served as head football coach during Thompson’s tenure. “He’s going to gain weight in college. He’s going to get stronger, bigger and faster. I believe at some point in time he’s going to have the opportunity to play. That’s how much talent I think he has. Southern will be very happy about having him.”

Thompson was the Bulldogs’ offensive MVP and the Bulldog Award winner. He also was named second-team all-conference and second-team all-district. Thompson was a state qualifier in track during his sophomore and junior seasons.

Wall said he believes Thompson will be able to overcome his lack of size with his speed and strong work ethic.

“He’s got a lot of talent,” Wall said. “He’s got extremely good speed. He’s a very tough young man, and I think he will do well. He’s not as tall as some of the guys, but he’s as tough as they are. He’s a hard worker, and because of that he’s going to be OK.”