HUNTINGTON – Football Marshall lost its second wide receiver in two days to the NCAA transfer portal.
Herd second-year wide receiver Broc Thompson announced his plans to transfer on social media on Friday.
“After much thought, prayer, and consultation with my family, I announce with a heavy heart that I will enter the transfer portal,” said Thompson. “Thank you to all of the coaches, staff and community at Marshall for believing in me! The 75 will live forever in my heart! God bless.”
Thompson and his family have endured the most difficult years of 2020.
After going without football due to COVID-19 until summer conditioning, Thompson finally saw some light at the end of the tunnel as the herd returned to campus in June for drills that would begin later in summer.
In mid-July, however, her whole world changed when her little brother, Cade, was diagnosed with cancer.
Thompson briefly left the team to join his family before returning for exercises in August.
Upon his return, he donned the No.13 in honor of Cade, who was an outstanding young wide receiver at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.
“He’s better than I could ever be,” Broc said of his brother in the 2019 season.
Thompson took the field in a bid to honor his brother and did so well, making an early connection with new quarterback Grant Wells that proved difficult at first.
However, Thompson was injured in the Oct. 17 victory at Louisiana Tech – a 34-20 Herd victory.
At the time, no one knew that this would be the last time he would put on a Marshall uniform.
Thompson announced on social media at the time that he had a fractured shin and would be out for four to six weeks. However, he ended up missing the rest of the season.
Despite only playing four games, Thompson caught 14 assists (team sixth) for 228 yards (team fifth) while leading the Herd receivers in yards-per-game average to 57.0.
For his career, Thompson caught 33 passes for 562 yards – an average of 17 yards per completion.
Thompson joined wide receiver Artie Henry III as Marshall receivers to enter the transfer portal over the past two days. Marshall also lost All-American offensive lineman Cain Madden on the transfer portal last week.