All-State 2008: Tramain Thompson (Kick Returner)

By Matt Patterson Modified: December 28, 2008 at 1:35 am •  Published: December 26, 2008
Jenks running back Tramaine Thompson might not have walked off the field for the last time a winner, but the way he sees it the fact the Trojans were around to face Tulsa Union in the Class 6A finals was an act of defiance.

“Everyone said Jenks lost too many players to compete in 6A,” he said. “We kind of fed all of that negativity all year. At first we struggled and I struggled as an individual but we finally got it going.”

Still, Thompson saved his best for last. In the finals against Union, he rushed seven times for 137 yards and scored on 46-yard punt return. Truth is, Thompson was about the only bright sport for Jenks in the 34-20 loss.

“I love those big plays,” he said. “You get hyped up and excited. But I knew even when I scored on the return it was still tied and we had work to do.”

Thompson will continue his playing days at Oregon State. And yes, Corvallis is a strange destination for a life-long Oklahoman.

“They came to check out Gabe (Lynn),” he said. “I had a really good practice that day and they asked to see my highlight film. I guess they liked it because they offered me a scholarship. I took a trip there in July and I loved it.”