The top punt returner in the country in 2013 may not have been stopped by opposing punt teams, but we was pulled over for driving with expired tags.
Not too big of a deal, right Tramaine Thompson?
Well, it isn’t, but the soon-to-be fifth-year senior turned a minor offense into a far more costly and public affair when he failed to show up for his courtroom hearing on the ticket. On Wednesday, he was arrested for missing his court date and was subsequently released on $119 bond, according to The Topeka Capital-Journal.
As a redshirt junior last season, Thompson made a name for himself as one of Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein’s favorite targets. Thompson finished third on the team in receptions (37) and receiving yards (526), and tied for the lead in receiving touchdowns with four.
That being said, it was on special teams that Thompson really stood out for the Big 12 champions. He topped the team in kick return average (33.4) and punt return average (19.75), returning one punt for a touchdown.
In 2012, his punt return average was tops in the country. The 19.75 yards per return average was over three yards more than the second most productive punt returner in the nation, Giovani Bernard of North Carolina.