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Former PSU WR DeAndre Thompkins signs with Packers

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Former Penn State wide receiver DeAndre Thompkins has signed with the Green Bay Packers, the team announced today.

From the Packers’ release:

Thompkins is a 5-foot-11, 188-pound, first-year player out of Penn State University. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles on May 9, 2019. Thompkins was released by the Eagles following the 2019 training camp and spent a brief time with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020. He finished his collegiate career tied for No. 4 in school history with two career punt return touchdowns and ranked No. 21 in career receiving yards (1,245).

Here’s a closer look at Thompkins’ college career, from his PSU bio page.


Career: Tied for fourth all-time at Penn State with two career punt return touchdowns, matching 10 other Nittany Lions (most recently: Larry Johnson, 1998-2002)…Became 31st Nittany Lion with more than 1,000 career receiving yards…Finished his career ranked 21st in at PSU in career receiving yards (1,245).

Game: Set a school record for punt return average in a game with 31.8 yard per return vs. Akron (9/2/17), besting Derrick Williams’ mark of 31.7 vs. Temple (2006).


Awards: Earned the Quarterback Club Award, as a player who deserves special recognition, at the team’s awards banquet…Selected to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week following the Kent State (9/15) game.

Season: Appeared in 13 games, making six starts…One of 22 players to have earned their degree entering the 2019 Citrus Bowl…Graduated with his degree in psychology in December 2017…Graduated in December 2018 with a degree in criminology.

Rankings: Ranked No. 6 in the FBS and leads the Big Ten with one punt return touchdown…Finished No. 3 in the conference and ranks No. 24 in the nation with a 9.8 punt return average.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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