Knoxville, Tennessee.(WVLT)— Tennessee freshman cornerback Bryce Thompson collected Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team honors on Thursday, the league announced, marking the 20th consecutive year UT has placed at least one Vol on the All-Freshman Team.
The Irmo, S.C., native appeared in all 12 games with 10 starts, leading the Vols in interceptions (three) and pass breakups (seven). His interception total was tied for third in the SEC and ranked first among league freshmen, while his 10 total passes defended tied for ninth in the league and also led newcomers.
He collected PFF College SEC Defensive Team of the Week honors three times and was named to the PFF College Midseason All-SEC Second Team.
Thompson was named the SEC's Freshman of the Week after totaling two TFLs and an interception versus ETSU in his first-career start on Sept. 8.
Overall, he finished with 34 tackles, four TFLs and one forced fumble (vs. UTEP), and his three interceptions tied for the most by a Vol since Todd Kelly, Jr., also had three in 2014.
Thompson was instrumental in the Vols upset at No. 21 Auburn on Oct. 13, finishing with five tackles, one interception and one pass breakup.
In Tennessee's 24-7 victory over No. 11 Kentucky, Thompson had three pass breakups.
His third-career interception came against Charlotte on Nov. 3.