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Clayton James Thorson (born December 25, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Eagles in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He played college football at Northwestern.

Clayton Thorson
No. 8 – Philadelphia Eagles
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1995-12-25) December 25, 1995 (age 23)
Wheaton, Illinois
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Wheaton North (Wheaton, Illinois)
College:Northwestern
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 5 / Pick: 167
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

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Early yearsEdit

Thorson attended Wheaton North High School in Wheaton, Illinois. As a senior, he had 2,809 passing yards, 29 touchdowns, 630 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns.[1] He committed to Northwestern University to play college football.[2][3]

College careerEdit

After redshirting his first year at Northwestern in 2014, Thorson became the starting quarterback in 2015.[4][5] He completed 150 of 295 passes for 1,522 passing yards, seven touchdowns and nine interceptions and rushed for 397 yards with five touchdowns.[6][7]

As a sophomore in 2016, he completed 280 of 478 passes for 3,182 yards and a school record 22 touchdowns.[8]

On November 10, 2018, Thorson led the Cats to a 14-10 victory over No. 21 Iowa. The victory earned Northwestern the 2018 Big Ten West title. [9]

His 53 consecutive starts at quarterback is the most ever in the Big Ten and tied for the most with Colt McCoy in all of the Power Five conferences, and over those 4 years Clayton set several Northwestern career passing records including yards (10,731), completions (991) and touchdowns (61). He's the only quarterback in Big Ten history to pass for 10,000 yards and rush for 20 touchdowns in his career.

StatisticsEdit

NCAA career statistics
Northwestern Wildcats
Season Games Games
Started
Record Passing Rushing
Comp Att Yards Avg Lng Pct. TD Int QB rating Att Yards Avg Lng TD
2014
Redshirt
2015 13 13 10–3 150 295 1,522 5.2 66 50.8 7 9 95.9 100 397 4.0 68 5
2016 13 13 7–6 280 478 3,182 6.7 58 58.6 22 9 125.9 97 98 1.0 42 5
2017 13 13 10–3 262 434 2,844 6.6 58 60.4 15 12 121.3 87 23 0.3 21 8
2018 14 14 9-5 299 489 3,183 6.5 62 61.1 17 15 121.2 78 -110 -1.4 23 9
Career 53 53 36–17 991 1696 10,731 6.3 66 58.4 61 45 118.1 362 408 1.1 68 27

Reference[10]

Professional careerEdit

Thorson was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round (167th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Narang, Bob (January 14, 2014). "Wheaton North quarterback Clayton Thorson named MVP of Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  2. ^ Greenstein, Teddy (February 4, 2014). "Clayton Thorson heads Northwestern signing class". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  3. ^ McGraw, Mike (September 30, 2015). "Calm, collected Thorson ready to go for Northwestern". Daily Herald. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "Clayton Thorson named Northwestern starter". Sports Illustrated. August 27, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  5. ^ Mitchell, Fred (September 3, 2015). "Northwestern's Clayton Thorson has shown resolve on road to starting QB job". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  6. ^ Duber, Vinnie (August 15, 2016). "Big Ten preview: In Year 2 as starter, Clayton Thorson looks to improve Cats' passing game". NBC Sports. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  7. ^ Haugh, David (August 23, 2016). "Clayton Thorson returns to Northwestern with more bite to his game". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  8. ^ Bennett, Brian (March 28, 2017). "What is Northwestern's Clayton Thorson working on in spring practice?". ESPN. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  9. ^ "Northwestern football headed to first ever Big Ten Championship game". The Daily Northwestern=November 10, 2018. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  10. ^ "Clayton Thorson stats". www.sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  11. ^ Teope, Herbie (April 27, 2019). "Eagles select QB Clayton Thorson with No. 167 pick". NFL.com.

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