MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Freshman wide receiver Jordan Thompson said he’s put on about 20 pounds since enrolling in January which has helped him weather bigger hits this preseason.
He arrived at 145 and now weighs 164.
“It’s just a mentality when you’re undersized. There’s a lot of people bigger and stronger than you,” said Thompson. “You’ve just got to bounce right back up.”
He got welcomed to college football by two teammates on Monday with a pair of big shots - but said he bounced right back up both times.
“Actually yesterday I took two big shots. One by (Jared) Barber. A little under route, he got a hit on me but I caught the ball and bounced right back up,” said Thompson. “The other one was from Darwin Cook. He came down in a reverse and hit me and my helmet actually popped off.
“It was all good. I got right back up, put my helmet on and sat out a play because of the new rule and everything was cool.”
Thompson - 5-7, 164 - has impressed coaches so far and sounds like he'll see significant playing time in the fall.