Versatile player who can play guard or center ... was a reserve at left guard in 2003 ... cold push for playing time this season ... moved to the offensive line from defensive line prior to the 2003 season ... has struggled with injuries at Notre Dame ... smart player who has been impressive when healthy ... has done a nice job moving positions and picked things up rapidly.
2003 (JUNIOR): Played in one game as a reserve left guard ... saw action in the win at Stanford ... played 5:51 on the season.
2002 (SOPHOMORE): Played in one game (Rutgers) on the defensive line ... saw 2:30 of action and made one special teams appearance ... missed most of the season due to injury.
2001 (FRESHMAN): Did not see action as a rookie defensive lineman in 2001.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Penn High School in Mishawaka, Ind. ... helped Penn to the Indiana class 5A state title in 2000 and a 14-1 overall record ... made 92 tackles (48 solos), 16 for loss, two interceptions, and three sacks in 2000 ... returned and interception for a touchdown in a state semifinal playoff win in 2000 over Noblesville ... finished third in voting for Indiana's Mr. Football award ... made 80 tackles, 20 for loss, and four sacks during a 13-2 season as a junior in 1999 on a state runner-up team ... rated no. 17 on the CBS SportsLine.com Midwest Region Super 30 team ... named to the Associated Press all-state squad as a senior ... named to the Bloomington Herald-Times Big 33 team ... South Bend Tribune all-area pick ... an all-state selection as a junior ... a rare starter from his freshman season on ... career totals included 145 solo tackles, 115 assists, 50 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and six fumble recoveries (five caused) on teams that combined to go 54-5 ... selected for the Indiana North-South all-star game ... from the same high school as former Irish kicker/punter David Miller and 1998 Irish captain Mike Rosenthal ... attended Notre Dame football camp in summer of 2000 ... also played basketball and baseball ... full name is Jeff D. Thompson ... younger of two children ... born Sept. 18, 1982, in Elgin, Ill. ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in management ... recorded a 3.250 grade-point average in the fall of 2002 and has an overall GPA of 3.021.