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John Thompson: "18 hours ago I knew nothing"

New Arkansas State defensive coordinator John Thompson hadn't even been on campus for 24 hours before he sat down to talk about his new job and environment, as well as his connections with the staff Gus Malzahn has assembled.

"18 hours ago I knew absolutely nothing" Thompson said of what he knew coming into his new position. Coming in, he had heard a lot of different stories on what he inherits on the defensive side of the ball and he has been able to recognize the young talent that the staff have been able to bring in since his arrival on campus.

Thompson also talked about his opportunity to join the staffs at Arkansas State in the past, but just felt that the timing wasn't quite right. After talking to Malzahn he said that he knew it was a great opportunity to return to his roots in northeast Arkansas and continue to build the program.