When he announced that he would return for the 2021 season, UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson trumpeted his decision with a three-word tweet, simply declaring, “Another year”.
He decided to do it for two.
Thompson-Robinson is taking back the extra year of eligibility granted to all college players in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic for a fifth season with the Bruins, enabling him to potentially break school records while also maintaining his NFL To improve inventory.
“See you in 2022!” Thompson-Robinson tweeted Monday over a collage of photos of himself in Bruins’ robe.
Thompson-Robinson’s spectacular game late last season sparked a spike in which UCLA averaged 49.3 points in its last three games – all wins – including a 62-33 record win over rival USC, in the Thompson-Robinson threw four touchdowns and ran two more.
Thompson-Robinson was maligned by fans early in his career for unpredictable play and was skipped after the strong end to his senior season in which he skipped a Trojans defender on his way to the end zone for the scoring that set UCLA’s point record, widely adopted in the rivalry game.
In his last three games, Thompson-Robinson completed 69.7% of his passes for 770 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions, while he also ran for 246 yards and three touchdowns.
This season, Thompson-Robinson scored the best offensive in the Pac-12 (36.5 points per game) and was also number 1 in the Conference on overall offensive (274.4 yards per game) and passing efficiency (153.9) . He was an All-Pac-12 selection of the first Associated Press team after completing 62.2% of his passes for 2,409 yards and 21 touchdowns with six interceptions, while also running for 609 yards and nine touchdowns.
Thompson-Robinson has made it into UCLA’s Top 5 for Career Passing Yards (7,541), Career Overall Offensive (8,722 yards), Career Completions (594), Career Touchdown Passes (64), and Career Quarterback Completed rushing yards (1,181). His return gives him a chance to overtake Cade McNown, who threw 10,708 yards in four seasons as the school’s all-time passerby.
Aside from the arrival of a transfer quarterback, Thompson-Robinson is again mainly supported by Ethan Garbers, the newcomer in the red shirt. In two brief appearances and one start last season, Garbers completed a combined 60.8% of his passes for 305 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.