Senior offensive lineman who will get the first shot at nailing down the right guard position in 2007... expected to get stiff competition from converted defensive lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre for the starting nod early in fall camp... one of the stronger players on the team, can bench press 430 pounds... has made three career starts, all coming in the 2005 campaign.
2006: Saw limited action as a reserve offensive guard... his first action came in the Kentucky game, getting in 29 snaps... played briefly the next week against Vanderbilt and also saw some action against Middle Tennessee.
2005: Made three starts, all at the right guard position... made his first career start against Troy... also got the starting nod against Auburn and against Arkansas.
2004: True freshman who played in three games in a reserve role - South Florida, Ole Miss and Florida... played primarily at the tackle position.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Sumter (S.C.) High School in 2004... was a four-year starter for Coach Phil Sorrells... named second team USA Today All-American and was named to the High School Sports Report 2003 Statewide All-State Team as an offensive lineman... played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio... as a senior, graded out at 85 percent and had 28 knockdown blocks... recorded 64 knockdown blocks during his career... Ranked as the third-best prospect in the state of South Carolina and the 44th-best player in the country by Tom Lemming... ranked the 37th best offensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com.
PERSONAL: James B. Thompson was born Feb. 2, 1985... pursuing a degree in retailing.