Nov. 8, 2007
Auburn, Ala. -
Senior defensive tackle Josh Thompson has been named to the ESPN The Magazine All-District IV Football First Team, while senior tight end Cole Bennett has been selected to the second team, it was announced Thursday.
Thompson, as a first-team member, will have the opportunity to be voted upon on a national scale. The national all-academic ballot will be voted upon by sports information directors beginning Nov. 13 and will be announced later in the month.
A native of Statesboro, Ga., Thompson is tied for the team lead with 23 consecutive starts, which includes every game this season and last. Thompson currently stands fifth on the team with 43 tackles, 10 of which he earned at LSU for a new career best. In the win against Arkansas, he helped hold the Razorbacks to nearly 200 yards below their season average rushing, with three tackles. Thompson has registered 16 tackles, nine solo, in the last three games.
Thompson is a four-time Auburn Top Tiger and has been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll twice. He is a member of the National Athlete Honor Society and is on track to earn his bachelor's degree in physical education in May 2008.
A 2006 magna cum laude graduate with a bachelor's degree in business administration, Bennett will earn his master's degree in Information Systems this December. Bennett has played in 49 games in his career and has started all 10 this season. He has 22 career catches for 242 yards and three touchdowns. Bennett returned to the lineup this season after missing the last 10 games of the 2006 season due to an ankle injury.
Bennett is also active in the community having served as a guest speaker to various organizations, including South Georgia Boy Scouts of America and Carrville Baptist Church. He has volunteered with the Red Cross, Storybook Farms, Student-Athlete Day, Beat Bama Food Drive and Spirit Day with Wright's Mill Road Elementary School, among others.
A native of Dalton, Ga., Bennett is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and has been a Top Tiger four times. A Draddy Trophy semifinalist, he has been on the National Dean's List four times and is a member of numerous national honor societies.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a 3.2 GPA or better and have reached sophomore status.