ATHENS — Georgia defensive tackle Trent Thompson will be withdrawing from classes and seeking further treatment for a “significant medical issue” that drew the attention of police early Thursday morning on campus and sent him to Piedmont Athens Regional.
That’s the latest update in a developing story that began in the wee hours of Thursday morning and continued through the day. Thompson, a rising junior, was initially released from the hospital Thursday but apparently will be returning for further treatment.
Thompson played in all 13 of Georgia’s games last season, making seven starts, and finished as team’s leading tackler among interior linemen with 56 total stops. He also had 9.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and seven QB pressures. The sophomore was named overall MVP and defensive MVP of the Bulldogs’ win over TCU in the Liberty Bowl.
Thompson was considered the No. 1 overall recruiting prospect in America when he signed with the Bulldogs out of Albany’s Westover High School in 2015. He played in 12 games that first season, starting six, but battled an ankle injury the middle of the season.
Grady News Source, UGA’s in-house television news production team, asked Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship what he knew about the situation.
“Trent has asked that we don’t speak to anybody else about what’s happened, just because the football team is a brotherhood and a family,” Blankenship said in a brief interview that appeared on WSB-TV.