“FAU quarterback Casey Thompson tore his ACL in the loss to Clemson on Saturday and will miss the rest of the season,” Thamel wrote on Twitter. “Thompson is a transfer from Nebraska and Texas and is in his sixth season of college football. FAU plays at Illinois this week.”
Thompson was off to a solid start this season for FAU. In three games, Thompson recorded 50 completions for 509 yards and five touchdowns. He also threw five interceptions through the first three contests.
Before the season, FAU head coach Tom Herman had nothing but good things to say about Thompson.
“A healthy Casey Thompson is better than anything that FAU has had here for quite some time,” Herman said prior to naming Thompson the starter on the ‘ESPN College GameDay podcast. “I don’t think there’s any debate there for a guy that started pretty much an entire season at the University of Texas, an entire season at the University of Nebraska.
“It says a lot for the kind of relationships that we build and we pride ourselves on that a young man that we started recruiting eight years ago would feel comfortable enough to come join our program for the last year of college football.”
Casey Thompson’s history
Thompson transferred to FAU this offseason after spending one season at Nebraska. In his lone season with the Cornhuskers, Thompson battled through injuries to start 10 games at quarterback, missing the Minnesota and Michigan games due to injury.
Thompson posted a respectable campaign, completing 63% of his passes (173-of-274) for 2,407 yards and 17 touchdowns while adding five rushing touchdowns. Thompson immediately made an impact on the program, exploding for 355 passing in Week 0, the most passing yards in a season opener in school history.
Before joining Nebraska, Thompson spent four seasons at Texas. The 6-foot-1 quarterback appeared in 19 games for the Longhorns, picking up 10 starts. While there, Thompson recorded 185 completions for 2,422 yards and 30 touchdowns while rushing 73 times for 210 yards and five scores.
Thompson was a four-star prospect out of Newcastle High School in Oklahoma in the 2018 class, where On3’s Industry Ranking tabbed him as the No. 308 overall player and the No. 24 quarterback in that class.