MIAMI — Probably the most powerful bullet in the offensive arsenal for the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Golden Norsemen football team heading into the July summer session is their talented running game.

Returning in the backfield is redshirt sophomore Darwin Thompson (5-9, 185 from Jenks).

During his first year as a starter, Thompson earned all-Southwest Junior College Football Conference honors after leading the Norsemen to a 5-5 record.

Thompson became the 12th player in NEO history to reach the 1,000-yard mark in one year.

He paced the ground game with 1,029 yards on 150 rushes with nine touchdowns. He also caught nine passes for 179 yards.

While averaging 6.9 yards per carry, Thompson eclipsed the previous NEO school record of 6.8 yards set by both Steve Colwell in 1985 and Freddie Carolina in 1972.

“Darwin has multiple D-1 offers because of his versatility,” Patterson said. “He is a great player and brings a lot of different dimensions to our offense.”

Another redshirt player Darran Williams (6-0, 195 from Edmond Santa Fe) had a tremendous showing during spring practice.

“Darran is a very physical runner,” Patterson said. “He also has great top end speed.”

Freshmen signees expected to report to the month-long July organized team activities are Chandler Wilson of Commerce as well as Michael Cooper, Yukon; Chris Friday, Oklahoma City Douglass; Carl Garmon, St. Louis, Missouri; Tre Harper, Durant; Travez Bozeman from Montgomery, Alabama, and Dominic Burnett, Carl Junction, Missouri.