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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Report: Colorado State RB transferring to Kansas

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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The Kansas University football program may be adding a new toy to its stable of running backs in the near future.

According to a report from KWCH television station in Wichita, Deron Thompson, a sophomore from Colorado State University, has decided to transfer to KU, per information from his father.

Thompson, a 5-foot-10, 178-pound tailback from Northwest High in Wichita, decided to leave the CSU program in March after frustration over playing time.

“Nothing against (CSU) Coach (Mike) Bobo or anything, I like him, I just felt like I never got the opportunity I deserved,” Thompson told The Coloradoan in March. “I only had seven carries this season and they were basically all in one game. Every day in practice, I showed I deserved to play and needed to play. It just didn’t seem like it was ever a priority to get me on the field. I never was late to meetings, never was in trouble, never failed a drug test. I did everything I was asked and felt I was as good as anyone else out there.”

During his two seasons at CSU, Thompson rushed for just 135 yards on 30 carries. He played in two games as a true freshman and just two more during the 2016 season.

Initially recruited in the 2014 prep class, Thompson was a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com and ranked as the No. 10 player in Kansas by 247Sports. He rushed for 3,620 yards and 46 touchdowns during his high school career and had offers from Minnesota, Kansas State, Western Michigan and Army.

Nothing has been made official and the March report from The Coloradoan indicated that Thompson was looking into several schools.

Regardless of where he winds up, Thompson will have to sit out the 2016 season and will move forward with two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Comments

Dirk Medema 3 years, 6 months ago

Breaking down the stats a bit more, last year Deron had 47 yards on 6 carries (7.8 ypc) in the first game, which was very similar to 3 other RB's (6.7 - 8.8 ypc) and significantly better than the other 3 players rushing. After that he disappeared. All 3 of the other 4 RB's had more than 97 attempts thru the remainder of the season, while Deron had 1 in the 8th game. I'd be confused too.

It also seems noteworthy that there was a coaching change before last season, and went from 23 carries to 7. He makes the appropriate PC comment about the coaches and school, but looks like a good change to me, and welcome addition.

It would be great to get on better relations with the Wichita programs, and maybe Deron can help mend some of those bridge that have appeared nonexistent recently.

Aaron Paisley 3 years, 6 months ago

The Wichita bridges have been in rough shape ever since Barry Sanders was ignored by the Kansas schools.

James Baker 3 years, 6 months ago

Hey Matt, Deron Thompson is neither a "toy" nor a horse in a "stable"; he is a human being. Please correct this extremely poor attempt at creative writing.

Thanks.

Aaron Paisley 3 years, 6 months ago

Might be time to put this horse out to pasture.

Brad Sherp 3 years, 6 months ago

I have an idea. Instead of pursuing high school seniors to get our roster back up to acceptable numbers, lets pursue kids as transfers who aren't good enough to see the field from mid-major programs. Beaty's roster choices are just as bad as Wies's, if not worse, but like Weis's time here, we wont question the moves until after he is gone... and that is why we are on track to break the record for the longest losing streak in NCAA history.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 6 months ago

I don't see that he's been overly reliant on transfers, and the early commits for 2017 have been impressive. Comparing him to Weiss is way over the top. And Weiss got fired, which means his moves were questioned well before he was gone.

As far as questioning Beaty, he'll get his fair share. There will be some on-field expectations this fall, and the team will need to show some measurable improvement. The scholarship situation was a flaming pile of manure, it will take some time to clean it up.

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