For former Glen Rose Tiger quarterback Derek Thompson, the 2010 football season has had its fair share of twists and turns.
On Sept. 18, Thompson got the nod from head coach Todd Dodge to start for the North Texas Mean Green against Army.
On the first play from scrimmage, Thompson completed a pass to Lance Dunbar.
The QB went 6-11 passing for 43 yards and an interception just into the start of the second quarter.
Then the ‘twist’ came.
On the fourth offensive play of the second quarter, Thompson’s season came to an abrupt finish.
“I was looking down the field and I got a little rushed so I stepped up in the pocket,” said Thompson. “I was about to take off running and a guy blindsided me.
“It wasn’t a hit I haven’t taken a hundred times before. It was just a freak accident,” added Thompson. “My leg got twisted up and it cracked my tibia.”
Thompson had his cast removed (Oct. 18) and has begun rehab.
“Rehab is tough, but it’s getting better,” said Thompson, who was on crutches at Friday’s football game between Glen Rose and West. “I’m slowly trying to work some strength back into my leg. We’re working on it everyday.”
In two seasons at North Texas, Thompson is 14-21 passing for 143 yards, one touchdown and one interception in five games of action.
He entered the season as a true sophomore, but will receive a medical redshirt for this year and return with three more seasons of eligibility starting next fall.
When next year arrives, however, Thompson and the rest of the Mean Green will be under the instruction of a new head coach.
Dodge, who was in the fourth year of a five year contract, was relieved of his duties by the university last Thursday.
“Coach Dodge came from a high-class program (at Southlake Carroll high school) and he’s one of those guys that, when you meet him, you’re a better person because of it,” said Thompson.
“The wins just didn’t come between the line,” he added. “We loved Coach Dodge but we want to put some wins on the board. We’re ready for a change.”
North Texas went just 6-37 under Dodge including 1-6 this season.
Offensive coordinator Mike Canales has taken over as interim head coach.
“(Our relationship) is awesome. (Coach Canales) has the respect of our team,” said Thompson. “He has the mentality that we’re going to get the job done. I think he is going to change the mentality around Denton.”