Keytaon Thompson Audio Pronunciation
2020 – Appeared in nine of UVA’s 10 games with four starts … caught one pass for three yards and a touchdown at No. 1 Clemson … led UVA with 71 rushing yards on 10 carries at Wake Forest … rushed five times for 24 yards at No. 11 Miami … also caught two passes for 11 yards against the Hurricanes … rushed 10 times for 43 yards and a score against No. 15 North Carolina … sealed the victory over the Tar Heels when he gained five yards and the first down on a fourth-and-3 opportunity when UVA ran a fake punt … caught two passes for 66 yards and a touchdown against Abilene Christian … scored on a 56-yard reception against the Wildcats … rushed nine times for 86 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Boston College … also caught one pass against the Eagles … caught an 11-yard touchdown pass at Virginia Tech … named to 2021 ACC Academic Honor Roll.
A 2020 graduate from Mississippi State, earning a degree in Kinesiology sport administration … appeared in 20 career games for Mississippi State over the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons … appeared in only one game in 2019 and was able to redshirt … went 2-0 as a starter in Starkville with 18 career touchdowns (10 rushing, eight passing) … first career start was in the 2017 Taxslayer Bowl where he led the Bulldogs to a 31-27 victory over the Lamar Jackson-led Louisville Cardinals, rushing for three scores and tying a MSU bowl record … recruited to Starkville by former MSU head coach Dan Mullen and saw quite a bit of action under Mullen as a true freshman … played in 10 games in 2017, throwing for 388 yards and two touchdowns while also going for 446 yards and six scores on the ground … threw for 458 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for 226 yards and four scores in nine games (one start) in 2018 … owns three 100-yard rushing games and tallied 672 rushing yards, while averaging 6.8 yards per rush for his career … passed for 846 yards and eight touchdowns for his career.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL
Combined for three state championships in football and basketball … consensus four-star recruit out of Landry-Walker High School in New Orleans where he was coached by Emanuel Powell … No. 1 QB recruit in Louisiana according to 247Sports and a Parade All-American honorable mention … became the first player in Landry-Walker history to be named Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year following an incredible senior season in 2016 … 2016 District 8-5A MVP and finalist for the Gatorade National Player of the Year … 2016 LSWA Class 5A Most Outstanding Offensive Player … racked up 10,737 yards of total offense and accounted for 149 touchdowns during his prep career … finished his senior season, completing 198-of-331 passes for 3,825 yards and 46 touchdowns while rushing 152 times for 1,434 yards and 26 TDs … amassed 5,259 yards of total offense in 2016 … accounted for 457 yards of total offense and six touchdowns in the 2016 Class 5A state championship game, leading the Charging Buccaneers to a 50-21 win over West Monroe to produce the school’s first state title … squad capped the year on a 13-game winning streak and in that stretch he accounted for 66 touchdowns … completed 16-of-27 passes for 303 yards with five touchdowns and carried 23 times for another 154 yards, dazzling fans in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the state title game … in five playoff games as a senior, completed 81-of-119 passes for 1,485 yards with 17 touchdowns and two interceptions, while rushing for 534 yards and 11 scores … as a junior, directed the Charging Bucs to a 10-3 record, a share of the District 8-5A championship and an appearance in the 2015 Class 5A state quarterfinals … four-year starter at QB and a three-year starter in basketball … the two led Landry-Walker to back-to-back Class 4A state championships in 2014 and 2015 … a knack for making big plays, Thompson drained the game-winning bucket in the 2015 LHSAA Top 28 Class 4A championship game … nickname is “K.T.” … son of Naffateria and Kintay Thompson … has one sibling, Kayden … is an avid chess player … first name is pronounced KEY-tahn … currently working on a master’s degree in higher education.