October 25, 2007

Syd'Quan is one of the best

Cal cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson says he has taken a liking to becoming the team's "shutdown" athlete this season. His play on the field certainly reflects his feelings, as opposing offenses have shied away from the former Sacramento (Calif.) Grant High superstar. Although admittedly frustrated that he has not had many chances to make a play on passes, Thompson understands that's what comes with the territory of becoming an elite cover guy.

Thompson's statistics so far this season are not outstanding by any means. But, in his case, that's probably a good thing. Thompson is fourth on the Bears defense in tackles through seven games this season with 49, two of which came for a loss. The 5-foot-10, 181-pound athlete is also tops on the team with six pass breakups. Thompson has also forced a fumble this season.

With No. 18 Cal set to tangle with No. 4 and undefeated Arizona State Saturday night at Sun Devils Stadium with the Bears' hopes of a Pac-10 title hanging by a thread, Thompson's play will come even more into focus.

"I'm definitely more comfortable this year so I'm able to read things a little bit better," Thompson described. "I've learned to slow everything down."

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