The University of Georgia released a statement on Thursday evening regarding rising junior Trenton Thompson’s hospitalization and reason for withdrawing from classes at the school for the semester.
Based upon recent events, Trenton Thompson’s family has authorized UGAAA to release the following information. Trenton has been dealing with a significant medical issue which required emergency hospitalization and extended hospital stay. Trenton was recently discharged from the hospital and remains under close medical care. With respect to last night’s incident, the physical appearance and behavior described in the UGA PD report is solely related to an adverse reaction to medications prescribed specifically for his medical condition. The adverse reaction required emergency transport to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released. Toxicology tests performed at the hospital were negative for OxyContin. We cannot release any further information at this time due to federal privacy laws. Due to the medical issues, Trenton is withdrawing from classes this semester, and his family requests privacy during this time.
Trenton Thompson or ‘Jolly’ was a 5-star prospect defensive lineman out of Westover High School for Georgia’s 2015 college football recruiting class. In two seasons with the Bulldogs’ football team, the talented Albany native has played in 25 games tallying 89 tackles, 12 for a loss, and 5.5 sacks. Thompson had a breakout sophomore campaign this past season and led Georgia in tackles for a loss with 9.5, and he was also named MVP of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in December after recording 3 sacks, 8 tackles, and 3.5 tackles for loss against TCU in Georgia’s 31-23 victory.
Headed into the 2017 season, Thompson was expected to be an anchor and impact player in the front seven of Georgia’s defense.