PASADENA, Calif. — Don’t go penciling in Trent Thompson as a member of Georgia’s starting defensive line in 2018 just yet.
Thompson, a junior tackle with NFL aspirations, was thought to be leaning toward coming back next season when he said in an Instagram post last month, “Looking ahead! #UGA19 #seniorsoon”.
But Thompson’s remarks after Georgia’s 54-48 win over Oklahoma indicated he’s still mulling it over at this point.
“It’s up in the air right now,” Thompson said.
He added, “I just want to keep winning. That’s what I want to do.”
The good news for the Bulldogs who want to see this talented player return for one more year is Thompson has taken note what has happened with the seniors on this team. Georgia has 31 seniors on the roster including walk-ons, but is getting major contributions from a core group of seniors that would have likely been drafted as juniors last year.
Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Lorenzo Carter and Dominick Sanders all made huge plays that helped lift the Bulldogs past Oklahoma in the College Football semifinals.
“Those are my big brothers and I look up to them,” Thompson said. “If they tell me there’s something I need to do, I’ll do it. But at the end of the day it’s my decision.”
It hasn’t been a great season for Thompson, who has battled a knee injury among other maladies. He also missed much of spring practice after a highly-publicized incident involving a bad reaction to prescription medicine he was having to take following shoulder surgery.
Thompson has started only three games and has 35 tackles this season, compared to 56 a year ago when he was named MVP of the Liberty Bowl.
Coming back to play for another national championship might be the best incentive.
“I mean, Coach [Kirby] Smart has a good game plan for both sides of the ball,” said Thompson, who had 2 tackles. “He was just take his lead we’re going to keep going forward.