By David Caraviello (Post & Courier)
By David Caraviello (Post & Courier)
By Kevin Melton (Spartanburg Herald Journal)
ByWillie T. Smith III (The Greenville News)
Fifth-year senior quarterback who has earned the starting duties entering the fall... is 3-0 in his career as a starter... one of the team's leaders in the locker room... completed 55.0 percent of his passes over the past three seasons for 1,827 yards with 14 touchdowns and five interceptions... has also rushed for five career scores... has a pair of 300-yard passing games among his three starts... served an internship under the direction of Athletics Director Ray Tanner during the spring to complete his undergraduate degree... recognized at the 2014 Garnet & Black Spring Game as the recipient of the Dr. Harris Pastides Outstanding Student-Athlete Representative of the University of South Carolina.
2013: Backup signal-caller who proved to be effective when given an opportunity... played in 10 of 13 games making one start... completed 58.4 percent of his passes (52-for-89) for 783 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions... also rushed 16 times for 27 yards and three scores... got in for just one play in the season opener against North Carolina, but made that a productive one, as he hit Kane Whitehurst on a 29-yard touchdown pass... came off the bench to complete 7-of-9 passes for 75 yards and scored on a three-yard keeper in limited duty against Vanderbilt... entered the UCF game early after an injury to Connor Shaw... completed 15-of-32 passes for 261 yards in the win over the Knights... also scored on a two-yard run... worked in relief in the win at Arkansas, completing 4-of-5 passes for 38 yards, including a 15-yard TD pass to Whitehurst... made his only start of the season at Missouri... completed 15-of-27 passes for 222 yards with one interception before giving way to Connor Shaw in the third quarter... hit on 8-of-11 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns in the rout of Coastal Carolina.. a member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
2012: Sophomore quarterback who proved to be a more than an adequate backup for Connor Shaw... completed 66-of-127 passes on the season for 1,027 yards and 10 TDs with just two interceptions in 11 games... made a pair of starts for an injured Shaw, throwing for over 300 yards on each occasion... made his first career start against East Carolina and responded by completing 21-of-37 passes for 330 yards with three touchdowns and no picks... also rushed nine times for 17 yards... had TD passes of 7, 30 and 29 yards, and also completed a 53-yard pass to Damiere Byrd... selected as the Capital One Cup Impact Performer of the Week for his efforts... came off the bench to hit 5-of-10 passes for 177 yards and two TDs against UAB... hit Byrd on a 94-yard touchdown pass, the fourth-longest pass completion in school history and also hooked up with Shaq Roland on a 30-yard scoring strike... also rushed for a six-yard score... completed 8-of-20 passes for 83 yards in a relief role at Florida... got his second starting nod at Clemson... responded by completing 23-of-41 passes for 310 yards with three touchdowns... scoring passes were from 13, 34 and 6 yards out... also had a key 20-yard draw on a 3rd-and-19 situation, the longest run of his career, setting up the game's final touchdown... received the Ernest Brooks MVP award for his performance against the Tigers... hit 7-of-10 passes for 117 yards and two scores in the Outback Bowl win over Michigan... connected on a 70-yard strike to Nick Jones and found Bruce Ellington on a 32-yard scoring pass with just 11 seconds left in the contest, lifting Carolina to a 33-28 win... named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll... shared Most Improved Quarterback honors at the 2012 Garnet & Black Spring Game with Seth Strickland.
2011: Listed as the second-team signal-caller after the departure of Stephen Garcia... saw action in four contests... briefly appeared in the Vanderbilt game, rushing one time for one yard... carried three times for 11 yards, including an 8-yard TD versus Kentucky... also completed both of his passes in that game for 17 yards... rushed one time for four yards at Arkansas... took the snaps on the final series in the Capital One Bowl win over Nebraska... named to the Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll.
2010: Redshirted as a true freshman... worked with the scout team.
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-sport star at Boiling Springs (S.C.) High School, graduating in 2010... selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas... threw for 1,300 yards and rushed for another 500, accounting for 21 touchdowns in only six games as a junior as the Bulldogs went 8-4 before losing to eventual AAAA state finalist Sumter... hindered by a separated shoulder... also played basketball... averaged 17 points, five rebounds and five assists as a junior, earning a scholarship offer from Louisiana Tech... considered a two-star prospect by Rivals.com... rated a two-star prospect by Scout.com... regarded as a two-star prospect and the nation's 94th-ranked quarterback by ESPN.com... also considered ECU, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Furman... hails from the same school that produced former Carolina quarterback Phil Petty.
PERSONAL: Dylan Thompson was born October 25, 1991... graduated in May with a degree in sport and entertainment management.