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Get To Know Your Orange Man -- #13, DE Ron Thompson

Let's get to know Ron Thompson, the most notable returning player on defense.

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

NameRon Thompson

Position: Defensive End

Year: Junior

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 255

Hometown: Southfield, Mich.

High School: Southfield High School

2014 Stats: Ron started all 12 games last season, finishing with 37 tackles, seven of which were for loss, to go along with three sacks and two forced fumbles.

2015 Projections: Thompson is the closest thing Syracuse has to a star on its defense. He'll likely face a heavy dose of double teams as the biggest threat on the Orange's defensive line, but he's primed for a big season nonetheless.

How'd He Get Here?: Originally recruited as a tight end, Thompson chose Syracuse over several schools, most notably Michigan. While sidelined during spring practice in 2013 as he recovered from a blood-flow issue, Thompson offered to switch to defense when he got healthy. The rest is history.

Recruiting Sites: Rivals had Thompson at three stars, while Scout had him at four.

Money Quote: Syracuse offensive tackle Ivan Foy on Thompson:

"If I go up against Ron Thompson every day in camp, I don't see too many players with his quickness getting by me this season."

Links Of Wonder: Thompson was the only Syracuse player named to one of Phil Steele's Preseason All-ACC teams. Thompson made the fourth-team on defense.

Twitterfeed: @ron17_savage

Tweets of Wonder: Is there an escalator?

What Does Shafer Think Of HimFrom April:

"We got to finally move Ron Thompson just to defensive end and he had a very good spring. He's got a chance to be a very good football player for us."

Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Thompson scored a rushing touchdown last season, the only one by a non-quarterback after Lester took over as offensive coordinator.

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