Western Michigan vs. Indiana - September 2, 2006 (photos courtesy of Associated Press)
Graduated with a bachelor of general studies in December 2008. Thigpen finished second in school history with 2,009 career kick return yards, third with 4,658 career all-purpose yards and tied for eighth with 21 career touchdowns. He became the first player in school history with over 1,000 rushing yards (1,621), receiving yards (1,028) and kickoff return yards (2,009) and became the 19th rusher in school history to cross the 1,500-yard rushing barrier. Thigpen is just the fifth player in Indiana lore to go over 4,500 career all-purpose yards. He also finished fifth in Big Ten history with 2,009 kick return yards, tied for third with three kick return scores and shared sixth with 81 kickoff returns.
2008 (Senior): One of three team captains ... named Indiana's offensive player of the year ... led the team with 631 rushing yards, 6.7 yards per carry, seven rushing touchdowns and 94 rushes ... paced the Hoosiers with 1,719 all-purpose yards (143.2 per game) and 853 kick return yards on 38 returns (22.4 average) ... also hauled in 13 receptions for 235 yards (fifth on team) with two touchdowns and 18.1 yards per catch ... ended the year third in the Big Ten in all-purpose yards, 10th in scoring (TDs, 4.5 points/game) and ninth in kick return average ... one of only two players in the league to finish in the top 10 in all-purpose yards, scoring (TDs) and kick return average ... in Big Ten games only, closed out 2008 third with 141.0 all-purpose yards and fourth in kick returns (24.0) ... finished second on the IU single-season chart with 853 kick return yards ... went over 150 all-purpose yards seven times and over 200 on two occasions ... shared sixth in Big Ten single-season history with 38 kickoff returns and 10th with 853 kickoff return yards ... two-time IU special teams player of the week ... recorded the third 100-yard game of the season and the fifth of his career with 109 yards on six carries (18.2 average) against Central Michigan ... set a new school record for the fewest number of rushes to top 100 yards ... scored twice on runs of 22 and 77 yards, his fourth 75-plus yard of 2008 and the eighth over 70 yards in his career ... also returned four kicks for 70 yards en route to 179 all-purpose yards ... collected 113 yards on just nine carries (12.6 average) and two touchdowns against Michigan State ... added two receptions for 94 yards and a score to go along with 60 kick return yards to close the game with 267 all-purpose yards, the 10th-highest total in IU lore ... raced a career-long 78 yards to paydirt and took a Kellen Lewis pass a career-best 79 yards to the house to become the first Hoosier to ever record a rushing and a receiving TD over 75 yards in the same game ... became the first Hoosier to score on the ground and through the air since Demetrius McCray at Minnesota in 2006 and his run was the longest since Levron Williams scored on an 80-yarder in 2001 ... it marked the first time in his career he crossed the goal line on three separate occasions ... reached the century mark with 100 yards on seven carries (14.3 average) and two scores (67 and 31 yards) vs. Murray State ... finished the game with 181 all-purpose yards (24 receiving, 57 kick returns) ... added a 57-yard touchdown run at No. 7 (AP) Penn State, his sixth scoring play and fourth rushing touchdown from 50-plus yards in 2008 ... finished with 72 yards on eight carries (9.0 average) ... returned four kicks for 134 yards (33.5) in the Hoosiers' win over No. 22 (BCS) Northwestern and five kicks for 120 yards (24.0) at Illinois ... went over 200 all-purpose yards (207) with 69 rushing and 18 receiving yards against the Fighting Illini ... closed out career with 149 all-purpose yards at Purdue (96 kick and 53 rush yards) ... recorded a season-long 68-yard kick return against the Boilermakers ... led team with 30 20-plus yard plays, eight of which resulted in six points ... finished with 20 20-plus yard kick returns, seven rushes over 20 yards and three receptions for 20-plus yards ... netted 165 all-purpose yards (88 receiving, 63 kick and 14 rush) at Minnesota and scored on a 77-yard touchdown pass.
2007 (Junior): Rushed for 568 yards on 138 carries, good for a 4.1 average, in 12 games ... averaged 22.9 yards per kick return on 18 opportunities ... finished third in Big Ten games only with a 24.9 kick return average ... hauled in 21 passes for 181 yards (8.6 average) with three touchdowns ... led the team with 1,162 all-purpose yards, good for a 96.8 average, and ranked eighth in Big Ten games only, averaging 100 all-purpose yards per game ... posted best game of the season against Purdue, rushing for a career-high 140 yards on 19 carries, including a 45-yard run, and finished with a season-high 202 all-purpose yards ... carried the ball 22 times for 81 yards at Western Michigan ... raced 38 yards on his first kickoff return of 2007 in the game ... ran for 78 yards on 12 carries against Akron, including a career-long 59-yard run ... picked up 70 yards on 11 carries at Wisconsin ... caught five passes for 58 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown pass on a screen against Penn State to go along with two kickoff returns for 91 yards, including a 53-yarder, en route to 181 all-purpose yards ... ran for 56 yards on 11 carries and added a receiving touchdown in the Insight Bowl vs. Oklahoma State ... scored on a 22-yard screen in the season opener against Indiana State.
2006 (Sophomore): One of the top kick returners in the nation ... led the country with a 30.1 average and three touchdowns (24 returns) ... named to the Pro Football Weekly and ESPN.com All-America teams ... named a first team All-American by Rivals.com, Scout.com and SI.com ... became the third player in IU history to run a kick back 100 yards for a score when he scampered all the way to the end zone against at Ball State ... added touchdown returns against Connecticut and at Illinois ... also became the first Hoosier since Duane Gunn (1981) to score touchdowns on a rush, a reception and a kick return in the same season ... ran for a career-high 104 yards against Michigan State on 20 carries and caught a 26-yard TD pass against the Spartans, his second receiving TD of the year ... finished with 311 all-purpose yards at Illinois, the fourth most in school history, including a 44-yard run in the first quarter ... posted the first two touchdown runs of his career against Southern Illinois.
2005 (Freshman): Played at wide receiver and gained 432 yards and two touchdowns on 32 receptions ... nearly recorded a trio of 100-yard receiving games with 92 yards and a touchdown on two catches against Central Michigan ... also registered 98 yards on six receptions vs. Purdue and 86 yards on five snares against Minnesota.
2004: Redshirted the 2004 season.
Prep/Personal: A Fab-50 selection in the state of Michigan by Mick McCabe ... closed out his prep career by leading the Detroit Public School League in rushing as a senior at Mumford High School with 1,785 yards and 20 touchdowns ... also one of the top track and field sprinters in the state ... won the 100-meter crown for the state of Michigan ... born on May 15, 1986, Marcus Arnette Thigpen majored in social and behavioral science with a criminal justice major ... a standout track athlete, Thigpen led the Hoosiers with a 2007 season-best time of 10.67 in the 100-meter dash, which he clocked at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, good for sixth place ... ran the first leg of IU's 4x100-meter relay team that clocked 40.13, which is the third fastest time in IU history at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship ... in 2006, he took seventh in the 60-meters (6.89) and sixth in the 200-meters (21.94) at the Big Ten indoor meet, and he placed seventh in the 100-meters at the Big Ten outdoor meet (10.75).