UCLA - Damien is a versatile all-around performer who possesses outstanding speed from a running back or receiver spot ... Also contributes as a kick returner.
2013 - Appeared in seven games with a start against Arizona ... Had one rush for 10 yards vs. Cal ... Rushed four times (6 yds) and caught a pass at Stanford (6) ... Ran four times for 38 yards vs. Colorado ... Made two receptions at Arizona.
2012 - Appeared in 10 games with three starts (Houston, Oregon State, USC) ... Third on the team with 262 rushing yards and had two rushing touchdowns ... Caught 18 passes for 211 yards and two scores ... Made two tackles on special teams ... Had 14 kickoff returns for 376 yards, a 26.9-yard average ... Third on the team with 849 all-purpose yards ... Ran for 25 yards and caught four balls for 42 yards in the opener at Rice ... Rushed for 37 yards and caught two passes (47) vs. Nebraska ... Ran for 89 yards on nine carries and returned a kickoff for 55 yards vs. Houston ... Two kickoff returns for 46 yards vs. Oregon State ... Ran for 47 yards (23-yard touchdown) and returned a kickoff (24) at Colorado ... Returned six kickoffs at Cal for 141 yards, long of 39 ... Had two kickoff returns vs. Utah (49, long 34) ... Ran for a score vs. Arizona (1) ... Caught two scoring passes at Arizona State (65, 20) ... Injured against USC and missed the balance of the season.
2011 - Did not see game action.
2010 - Appeared in eight games, contributing as a special teams performer and f-back ... Also practiced in the secondary on defense ... Caught one pass for nine yards against Houston ... Had one rush for 22 yards against Houston ... Returned nine kickoffs for a 21.3 average ... Credited with five tackles on special teams, with a best of two stops in the game at Cal ... Injured his shoulder against Arizona (game eight) and sat out the remainder of the season.
2009 - Appeared in all 13 games ... Saw special teams duty in 13 contests and was credited with 11 tackles and one forced fumble ... Had 62 yards net rushing on 26 carries ... Caught seven passes for 41 yards ... Returned four kickoffs for an 18.0 average ... Carried six times in the opener against San Diego St. for four yards ... Had two kickoff returns against Kansas St. for 45 yards, one of 28 ... Carried three times for 28 yards at Stanford, including a 13-yard burst ... Had six rushes for 14 yards against Oregon and caught two passes(12) ... Ran three times for 10 yards against Cal and made two catches(10) ... Carried once for four yards at Arizona ... Carried once and made a special teams tackle at Oregon St. ... Netted six yards on three carries versus Washington ... Carried twice for one yard at Washington St. ... Caused a fumble on special teams against Arizona St. that led to a field goal ... Made two special teams tackles at USC ... Had one carry and one tackle in the bowl win over Temple.
HIGH SCHOOL - Earned four letters for football at Stonewall Jackson HS in Manassas, VA for coach Loren Johnson ... Ranked No. 24 nationally among "athletes" by ESPNU ... Rated No. 25 athlete by rivals.com ... Rated No. 33 running back by scout.com ... Rated No. 13 prospect in Virginia by rivals.com ... Rated No. 2 running back in the state of Virginia by scout.com ... Earned four stars from scout.com and rivals.com ... SuperPrep All-Mid Atlantic Region and rated No. 29 prospect in Virginia ... PrepStar All-Atlantic Region as a defensive back ... Played just five games as a senior due to a shoulder injury ... Rushed for 806 yards and 16 touchdowns on 123 carries ... Two-year team captain and four-year varsity starter ... Named All-District and All-Region for four years ... Carried 79 times for 632 yards as a junior and scored seven touchdowns in the six games he played ... As a sophomore, he rushed 60 times for 600 yards and seven touchdowns in 10 games ... Also earned four letters in track and field for coach Deon Taylor ... Served as team captain for four seasons ... Earned All-State, All-Region and All-District for all four years in the 55 meter dash, 200 meter dash and 300 meter hurdles ... Named a track All-American in the 300m hurdles ... Had best times of 6.33 in 55 meters and 34.54 in the 300m.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Damien Hunter Thigpen ... Born: July 9, 1991 in Mississippi ... Parents: Douglas and Tracy Thigpen ... Has one brother, Dylan ... Dad played football at Southern Mississippi (1987-89) ... His uncle, Gene Lang, played football for LSU and for seven seasons in the NFL with the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons ... Lists his biggest athletic thrill to date as winning the Virginia State Championship in the 300 meter hurdles as both a sophomore and junior ... Former NFL standout Walter Payton is the athlete he admires the most ... He lists drawing as a hobby. ... Sociology major.
Rushing Yards: 89 vs. Houston, 2012
Rush Attempts: 9, last time vs. Utah, 2012
Receptions: 4 at Rice, 2012
Receiving Yards: 92 at Arizona State, 2012
Kickoff Returns: 8 at Oregon, 2010
Kickoff Return Yards: 147 at Oregon, 2010
Long Kickoff Return: 55 vs. Houston, 2012