Pro Football Focus Highlights: Keytaon Thompson & A Star Group Of UVA WRs

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A quarterback for his entire high school career and all three seasons at Mississippi State, Keytaon Thompson took on an all-purpose role – now officially coined, “Football Player” – for the University of Virginia football program in 2020. The 6’4”, 215-pound grad-transfer emerged as a valuable contributor, amassing 234 yards rushing and 98 yards receiving and totaling six touchdowns.

Keytaon Thompson is showing that the 2020 season was the tip of the iceberg in terms of his ability as an all-purpose performer for UVA. ~ Photo by Kris Wright/

Rushing has been an obvious strength of Thompson’s, even when he was a quarterback. He averaged 6.8 yards per carry while rushing for 672 yards and 10 scores his first two seasons in Starkville. In his first season as a Cavalier, Thompson had 39 carries for 234 yards and three touchdowns.

To maximize his all-purpose capabilities, improving as a wide receiver was a must. Prior to the beginning of the 2021 season, UVA head coach Bronco Mendenhall noted Thompson’s improvement in terms of route running and hands. The praise, we are seeing, was well warranted, and Thompson may just be hitting his stride as a receiver.

Thompson has hauled in 42 of 66 targets this season – he had 12 targets in nine games last season –