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2016 MAC Player Countdown #20: Cody Thompson, WR, Toledo

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Coming in at the 20th slot in our countdown is one of several Toledo offensive studs to make an appearance as one of the MAC's top players.

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Don't sleep on the Rockets this year, because if you do, you're going to be prone to burn.

While that is true figuratively and literally, (don't touch rockets that are taking off please), Cody Thompson has a great chance, alongside Corey Jones, to be a part of one of the best small D-I wide receiver duos in the country. Mark it down. Remember I said it.

Thompson comes into 2016 off of a breakout sophomore season. After none-too-many reps as a freshman, the 6'1" 205 lb. wideout recorded seven 30+ yard catches, four games with 100+ yards, averaged 22.3 yards per reception (third in the nation), tallied 37 receptions total, and accounted for 825 yards and five touchdowns.

Expect that touchdown number to go up as Thompson receives some of the targets that would have gone in Alonzo Russell's direction.

The Biletnikoff Award candidate can probably expect Michael Roberts to help take some attention from the secondary away from him too.

Logan Woodside could certainly walk into more strenuous circumstances as a starter, that's for sure.

Additionally as easy as it is to dismiss the importance of blocking among wide receivers, Thompson does that well enough to really assist teammates Kareem Hunt and Terry Swanson in springing big runs.

Take this scout.com excerpt into account when considering why Toledo fans should appreciate this dude so much.

"Cody prides himself on running great, precise routes, his ability to go up and get the 50/50 ball has improved each year." Toledo wide receivers coach, Derek Sage told us, "Last year, he really excelled at yards after catch, whether it was a spin, juke, or just running through a defender and breaking a tackle. We practice it every day and he takes that to another level."  - Derek Sage (Toledo WR's Coach)

Thompson held just one offer out of high school, a chance to join then Matt Campbell's team to participate in some #MACtion in the Glass Bowl. We're thinking that has worked out pretty well for him so far. Wouldn't you agree?

Take some time and watch some of the good things he did last year below.