The Redbirds have advanced to the quarterfinals for the third time in school history.
ISU will travel to Eastern Washington for the quarterfinals next Saturday.
ISU had the most players named to this year's list and have had five players named to the team in each of the past three seasons.
The Redbirds will be making their first playoff appearance since 2006
Coach Spack and player guest Ezra Thompson will look ahead to the big matchup against No. 1 NDSU.
2012: Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team selection ... started all 13 games at strong safety ... finished the season with 46 tackles, including 24 solo stops, and tallied two interceptions ... posted four tackles and recorded first career interception in the overtime victory vs. Eastern Illinois ... had seven stops in the road win at South Dakota ... intercepted second pass of the season in the overtime win in the playoffs against Appalachian State ... posted a season-high eight tackles against No. 1 North Dakota State.
2011 at Colorado State: Played in six games for the Rams ... recorded 23 tackles, including a half tackle-for-loss, and added one pass breakup.
2010 at Colorado State: Played in all 12 games, with three starts ... finished the year with 29 total tackles and two passes broken up ... saw action in the secondary during the second quarter and registered his first career tackle in the season-opener vs. Colorado ... earned first career start at Miami (Ohio).
2009 at Colorado State: Redshirted.
Lincoln-Way East HS: Was an Illinois High School Coaches Association, Chicago Tribune, Champaign News-Gazette and Rivals.com first-team all-state selection as a senior... was the runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year in the Class 8A Southwest Suburban Blue League ... received all-area recognition from the Chicago-Sun Times, Southtown Star, and the Joliet Herald ... selected as an all-conference performer as a junior and senior... as a senior, helped lead the Griffins to an 8-1 record and the second round of the state playoffs before losing to Mount Carmel ... tallied 80 tackles, 16 pass breakups and two interceptions as a senior and finished his career with 140 tackles, 30 passes broken up, four interceptions, six forced fumbles and one blocked field goal ... also contributed on special teams with 205 career yards in punt returns...as a freshman, was a member of the school's 2005 state championship team ... mentored by head coach was Rob Zvonar, who also was head coach at the 2006 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Personal: Son of Ezra L. Thompson and Beverly L. Pleasant ... father, Ezra, played football at Truman State, and mother, Beverly, played basketball at Florissant Valley Community College ... majoring in economics ... also received offers from Ball State, Miami (Ohio), Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Purdue, Illinois State, Akron, Central Michigan and Western Michigan.