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10 MINUS 5 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Skylar Thompson

In which BracketCat counts down the 10th day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of quarterback Skylar Thompson.

#2 Trevone Boykin
Skylar Thompson has received a lot of hype as the next big dual-threat quarterback at K-State. If he lives up to it, he just might become our version of Trevone Boykin (2).
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Goal No. 10: NEVER GIVE UP. Never, never, never.

#10 Skylar Thompson

Redshirt Freshman | 6-2 | 209 lbs. | Independence, Missouri
Skylar Thompson
Skylar Thompson
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Third-String
  • Status: On Scholarship

Skylar John Thompson (b. June 4, 1997) was one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the Class of 2016 when he graduated early and enrolled at K-State in January 2016. He shined on the scout team during his redshirt season, was a co-winner of the team’s Red Raider Award as the top scout contributor and now will compete for playing time as a redshirt freshman.

A three-year starter at Fort Osage High School under head coach Ryan Schartz, Thompson was regarded as one of the top 250 players in the class of 2016 by Rivals, while the recruiting service also rated him the seventh-best dual-threat quarterback in the nation and the No. 2 prospect in the state of Missouri. He also was ranked as the 32nd-best dual-threat quarterback by ESPN and the 65th-best overall by Scout.

Thompson was named the 2015 Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year and Simone Award winner as the most outstanding football player in the Kansas City metropolitan area. He was a finalist for the award in 2014, while he is a two-time member of the All-Simone team.

Thompson was a two-time first-team all-state selection by the Missouri Football Coaches Association who also was selected to the USA Today Sports/American Family Insurance All-USA Missouri Team as a senior, while the organization selected him as the offensive player of the year.

He led the Indians to a 13-1 record and the Missouri Class 5 state championship in 2015 as he threw for 2,112 yards and 25 touchdowns, with just three interceptions, on 138-of-204 passing (67.7 percent).

Thompson also rushed for 1,092 yards and 19 touchdowns on 188 carries, and set a state championship game record in the Indians’ 63-28 win over Chaminade, as he accounted for 455 yards of total offense, completing 13 of 15 passes for 253 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 202 yards and three scores.

He threw for 2,385 yards and 24 touchdowns to just six interceptions as a junior in 2014, while rushing for 461 yards and nine touchdowns, and also played basketball, earning second-team all-state honors as a sophomore.