2012: Enters 2012 with a strong grip on a spot on the depth chart at safety and should also be a leader on special teams this year.
2011: Enrolled at Nevada in the spring semester and went through spring drills with the Pack ... Played in all 13 games, both on special teams and as a reserve safety ... Was credited with 16 tackles on the year ... Recorded career-high two tackles in six different games.
A graduate of Bakersfield (Calif.) College ... Was a key part of back-to-back Northern Conference championship teams ... Earned first-team all-league honors in 2010 after recording 57 tackles, three interceptions and nine pass breakups ... Also earned a letter in track and field.
A graduate of Shafter (Calif.) High School ... Earned a total of nine varsity letters in three sports, including four letters in football ... Was a two-time first-team all-league selection in football and earned all-area honors as a senior after notching 650 receiving yards and eight touchdowns to go along with 119 rushing yards ... A standout in track and field, he was part of two Valley championship teams, earned team MVP honors as a junior and senior while also being named all-area both years.
Born Tyler William Thompson on June 9, 1990 ... Son of Dave and Cindy Thompson ... Has an older brother, Ryan ... Majoring in community health sciences ... Had recruiting interest from San Diego State, Hawaii and UTEP but chose Nevada because of the attitude and work ethic within the program ... Sports hero is Tim Tebow ... Enjoys volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club in his free time along with dancing and hunting ... Also enjoys eating and has won a pasta eating contest.