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Texas CB Josh Thompson announces return for 2021 season

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The redshirt junior emerged as arguably the team’s top cover corner in 2020.

NCAA Football: Texas at Oklahoma Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Longhorns redshirt junior cornerback Josh Thompson announced on Monday that he’ll return for a fifth season on the Forty Acres:

The 6’0, 198-pounder is now one of the last players on the roster who committed to Charlie Strong in the 2017 recruiting class before the arrival of Tom Herman. Out of Nacogdoches, Thompson signed as a consensus four-star prospect ranked just outside the top 300 players in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

As a freshman, Thompson played in nine games, primarily on special teams, recording 13 tackles and one pass break up. In the 2018 season, Thompson made his first career starts against Tulsa, USC, and West Virginia, totaling 22 tackles, two quarterback hurries, and one pass break up.

Last season, Thompson appeared in the first four games as a backup before redshirting after suffering a fractured foot against Oklahoma State. He finished with 12 tackles on the season.

Under new defensive coordinator Chris Ash, Thompson earned a starting job — his speed and physicality in Ash’s press quarters scheme were a strong fit. Thompson started eight games, finishing with 25 tackles, three tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries, two passes broken up, and his first career interception against UTEP in the season opener.

With Thompson’s return, Texas should have both starting cornerbacks back for the 2021 season, along with top backup Jalen Green, who will be a senior.