Fifteen Earn Dean's List Recognition With 3.5 GPA or Better
Deron Thompson will be looking to bring additional playmaking ability to the backfield and special teams this season. In his first season on the field, Thompson saw action in six games in 2012 on the punt return team. He is a quick and instinctive athlete who will provide depth in the backfield. Thompson made a splash in the 2013 Blue-White game with a game-high 97 rushing yards on 12 carries (8.1 avg.), to go with three receptions. Thompson owned a 3.68 cumulative grade-point average in energy business and finance entering the summer. A Dean's List student, he earned 2012 Academic All-Big Ten accolades.
2012 (Sophomore Season)
Thompson saw action in six games as a member of the punt return team. He was among the program-record 28 Nittany Lions named to the Academic All-Big Ten team following the season.
2011 (Freshman Season)
Thompson made the most of his senior season at Warwick High School. In 2010, he gained 2,135 rushing yards (6.5 yards per carry) and scored 26 touchdowns. He became just the second Lancaster-Lebanon League player to record more than 2,000 rushing yards in regular-season play and the fifth league player to reach that total all-time. Thompson garnered Outstanding Back-of-the-Year honors in Section One, as selected by league coaches. He also was named the 2010 Lancaster-Lebanon League Player-of-the-Year.
Full name is Deron Wesley Thompson. He is the son of Craig and Lynne Thompson, and has a brother, David, and sister, Dana, all of whom are Penn State graduates. He has a pair of uncles who also are Penn State graduates. His father played football for two years at Bucknell as a tight end and played semi-pro football. A grandfather, Arthur Thompson Jr., also played semi-pro football. An uncle, Arthur Thompson, played lacrosse at Penn State in the late 1970s and early 80s, and an aunt, Linda Hire, played basketball at Kutztown. Thompson enjoys swimming, fishing, ping-pong and golf. He is enrolled in energy business and finance. Born June 25, 1992 in Lancaster, Pa.