Watch: Bryce Thompson recaps MVP performance in Shrine Bowl
Bryce Thompson picked up his first collegiate acoloades Monday.
The former Dutch Fork standout was named SEC Freshman of the Week for his efforts against East Tennessee on Saturday. Playing cornerback, Thompson standout had four tackles, an interception and two tackles for loss in helping Tennessee to a 59-3 win over East Tennessee.
Thompson’s performance earned praise from Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt, who said the freshman didn’t play well last week in the opener against West Virginia.
“The one thing he did, he came on Monday and he played with an edge,” Pruitt told reporters after the game. “It was drastically different than the other guys.”
After dropping a chance at an interception early in the game, Thompson picked off a pass in the second quarter and it set up a Vols’ scoring drive. He is the first Tennessee freshman with an interception since 2015.
Thompson has played in both games this season and showed the potential he had coming out of Dutch Fork. He was a highly recruited four-star prospect and originally committed to South Carolina. But he didn’t sign on signing day and opened up his recruiting.
Thompson committed to Tennessee in May and enrolled in the first session of summer school.
During his senior season at Dutch Fork, Thompson rushed for 1,368 yards, caught 44 passes for 630 yards and scored 38 total touchdowns in helping the Silver Foxes to their second straight title. He also had 27 tackles, an interception and blocked a kick on defense.
Thompson earned Most Outstanding Player honors in the Shrine Bowl after catching seven passes for 165 yards and a TD.