Shaquille Green-Thompson, usually shortened to Shaq Thompson, was born in Sacramento, California on April 21, 1994. A linebacker or defensive back for the Washington Huskies, he was named as a second team Freshman All-American at the end of his rookie season in 2012.
Thompson attended his hometown's Grant Union High School, where he developed a reputation as one of the nation's most talented high school football players. In his junior year, he rushed for 1,882 yards and 25 touchdowns and was named as the Delta Valley League's Most Valuable Player. As a senior, he registered 1,134 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns, while also being credited with 57 tackles on defense.
In addition to being selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Thompson was a finalist for the U.S. Army National Player of the Year Award and was named as a first team All-American by several publications. Ranked as the number one safety recruit and one of the top overall recruits in the country, he eventually committed to the University of Washington at the start of 2012.
Thompson enrolled later that year and made an immediate impact as a true freshman, playing at nickelback in all 13 of the Washington Huskies' games. He finished the season with a total of 74 tackles, three interceptions and two sacks. Thompson's performances throughout the year saw him named as a second team Freshman All-American, an All-Pac-12 honorable mention and the winner of the school's Travis Spring Most Outstanding Freshman Award.
As a sophomore, Thompson was switched to linebacker and started all but one game in his new role. Over the duration of the season, he recorded 78 tackles, one interception and 0.5 sacks. At the Fight Hunger Bowl, Thompson contributed eight tackles altogether, as Washington went on to defeat the BYU Cougars. At the season's conclusion, he was once again earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors and received the team's Chuck Niemi Big Hit Award.
During spring practice in 2014, Washington experimented with playing Thompson at running back and the team's head coach, Chris Petersen, suggested he may play in a more offensive role in the future.
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