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Thompson Has High Expectations For 2016

Recently Chris Thompson pushed himself to both physical and mental limits. A junior at D’Iberville, he plays cornerback for the Warriors, took the ACT just this week. Prior to that, he’s been working on his pre-summer max-outs in the weight room, as well as running the 40-yard dash.

Also this week marks the start of spring practice for the Warriors, who finished 6-7 last season. After recently hiring Eric Collins, formerly head coach at Pearl River Central, to lead the program, things are sure to be different in Thompson final spring practices.

“It’s been going great,” Thompson said of the offseason to date. “I maxed out at 225 on bench and 365 on squat. My 40 time was a 4.65.”

“I’m well-prepared for these spring practices and I look forward to competing. My main goal is to get better every practice and make my teammates better in return.”

The rising senior is already a huge fan of his new head coach. Thompson understands what the expectations are under Collins and is ready to be fully compliant, in order to reach where he believes they can go.

“I already love coach Collins,” Thompson told SES Mississippi. “He’s a guy that asks only for a complete effort and gritty attitude. He’s already turned the team attitude completely around. I think that discipline and all-out effort will be on display this season, which will help us to be successful.”

While he is anxious to get the competition of spring practice underway, he is also looking forward to the competition that awaits him this summer when he attends the Fortius Project at Biloxi on June 4th.

“I’m looking forward to going against top-tier athletes and proving that I bring a lot to the table. I want to display my talent and make a name for myself,” Thompson explained.

Speaking of what Thompson brings to the table, he feels that his decision-making in coverage will stand out. That’s due to his ability to read receivers’ hips, which allows him to recognize the top of their routes.

“I can cover anybody who lines up in front of me,” He said. “I bring quickness, aggressiveness at the point of attack and just a dog mentality.”

Fortius presents him an opportunity to continue the improvements he’s worked so hard to make this offseason. Among those improvements are getting faster and adding weight to his frame. Also, he just wants to get some stuff on film, in order to identify what all he does wrong so he can make corrections.

“I think Fortius will be a great help with becoming a better athlete,” Thompson stated.

All of Thompson’s production and hard work is not lost on his teammates. It has certainly made an impression on center Louis Smith.

“He’s very talented, and a respectable person. Last year he was one of our best defensive players and he keeps improving,” Smith told SES Mississippi.

That’s just the type of player Thompson is. He takes instruction from his coaches and implements it because wants to get better, ultimately to help his team. His hard work stems from his love for the game and his fear of moving backwards instead of forward.

“I love the level of competitiveness in football,” He said. “ Football is a game of competition and I love to outwork the guy in front of me.”

“I don’t want to see a decline in my craft, so I continue to work harder. Football is a game that has my passion.”

With his final season for the Warriors approaching quickly his passion is shifting towards this fall. He recognizes what went wrong last season, for his team, and he knows what it will take to put a different product on the field this year. That includes more production from himself, in the form of leadership and making plays.

“Last season was a disappointment. We went 6-7 and were put out in the first round of the playoffs by Brandon,” He offered. “The team chemistry wasn’t present and we didn’t have the will to win.”

“I expect this year to be a complete turn around. I expect us to have a winning record and play as a team. I expect our team to be a the top in district. And I expect to hold myself accountable as a leader, pivotal, go-to player. I’m expecting great things this year.”

**Photo by Keith Warren of the MHSAA.

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