Dylan Thompson's Last Stand

By Rixon Lane

It's been quite a career for South Carolina's Dylan Thompson. 

From a two-star prospect with only two college football scholarship offers to a hero for his performances against Clemson and Michigan to the target of scorn for a season gone awry, the Boiling Springs native has had one of the more interesting careers in Gamecock history.

Saturday will mark his final game at South Carolina. Here is what Thompson can achieve in his last outing with the Gamecocks:

A Bowl Victory

A win over Miami would make Thompson just the fifth quarterback ever to win a bowl game at South Carolina, joining Steve Taneyhill, Phil Petty, Blake Mitchell, and Connor Shaw. He would also be responsible for leading the Gamecocks to their fourth bowl win in four seasons, something that has never been done before at South Carolina. 

Pass Attempts Record

If he attempts 16 pass, Thompson will set the single-season record for most attempts in a season, surpassing the mark of 432 set by Todd Ellis in 1987 and Stephen Garcia in 2009. 

Pass Completions Record

14 completions against the Hurricanes for Thompson will break Steve Taneyhill's record of 261 completed passes during the 1995 season. 

Passing Touchdowns Record

It's unlikely, but not out of the question. Thompson would need to throw six touchdown passes to break Taneyhill's record of 29 touchdowns in a single season, which was also set in 1995. 

Career Passing Touchdowns (5th Place)

Six touchdowns will be hard to do, but a single touchdown toss will move Thompson past Anthony Wright and into sole possession of fifth-place on the Gamecocks' career touchdown passes list. 

Career Pass Completions (8th Place)

Thompson's sixth completion against Miami will allow him to surpass Bobby Fuller for eighth-place on South Carolina's career completions list. 


Although his career likely did not end the way he would've liked, there is no denying Thompson's place in South Carolina history.