Josh Kendall

‘Really good football player’ granted another year with the Gamecocks by NCAA

South Carolina linebacker Eldridge Thompson
South Carolina linebacker Eldridge Thompson The State

South Carolina senior linebacker Eldridge Thompson has been cleared the NCAA to play in 2019. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Houston native went through spring practice with the Gamecocks not knowing if he would be awarded an additional year of eligibility due to injuries that cost him most of two collegiate seasons.

“We felt really good about it going into it,” Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp said. “It was basically just going through the step, and I appreciate the NCAA.”

Thompson played in only three games last year due to a shoulder injury. He has 15 tackles in 15 career games with South Carolina, but he is expected to contribute this year in a linebacking corps that lacks veteran experience. Thompson can play the SAM linebacker position or even nickel back for the Gamecocks, Muschamp said.

“I think he’s a really good football player,” Muschamp said. “He’s a guy we certainly missed last year. He brings a lot of athleticism to that group. He’s a guy who can go play in space.”