Thomas Sperbeck (born October 21, 1994) is an American football wide receiver. He played college football for the Boise State Broncos. He is the all-time leader in receiving yards in Boise State history.
|Born:||October 21, 1994|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||175 lb (79 kg)|
|High school:||Carmichael (CA) Jesuit|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Roster status:||Injured reserve|
|Career highlights and awards|
Thomas grew up in Carmichael, California and attended Jesuit High School in the Sacramento area. At Jesuit, he led the team in passing, rushing, tackles and scoring and therefore was named on the MaxPreps All-Sac-Joaquin Section First Team, Sacramento Bee All-Metro First Team on offense, and was Sac-Joaquin Section Delta River All-Purpose Player of the Year. He completed 57/156 passes for 1,049 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also rushed for 932 yards and 9 touchdowns. On defense, Thomas had 69 tackles (40 solo).
Sperbeck began his freshman year redshirting the first three games. His redshirt was removed and appeared in eight of the final nine games for the season, missing a contest due to a sprained ankle, and catching 5 passes for 40 yards, including a season-high two receptions in a game vs BYU, as well as a 17-yard reception against Oregon State in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl on December 24. The former high school quarterback attempted a pass against Utah State but under threw his receiver which resulted in an interception.
In the 2014 season Thomas appeared in 14 games and started 8, he led the team with 877 receiving yards, was second on the team with 51 catches and tied for third with 3 receiving touchdowns. Thomas made his first collegiate start at Nevada, catching three passes for 51 yards. He also threw his first career touchdown pass that season, to quarterback Grant Hedrick for the game-winning touchdown against Fresno State. Sperbeck scored his first-career touchdown catch in win over BYU on October 24. Thomas Sperbeck ended the season with a high-note, catching 12 passes for 199 yards and being named the Offensive MVP of the Fiesta Bowl in a 38-30 win over Arizona.
In 2015, Thomas set Boise State's single-season record for receiving yards against Air Force on November 20, passing Titus Young's 2010 record of 1,215 receiving yards, on his way to 1,412 yards receiving. He ended the season with 88 receptions for 1,412 yards, averaging 16.0 a catch. Thomas Sperbeck ended his career-best season with a 55-7 rout of Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl. He had six catches for 78 yards in the game. Additionally, he had a juggling, one-handed catch against Wyoming which won him the Yahoo! Sports Catch of the Year contest.
Sperbeck signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent on May 1, 2017. He was waived/injured on July 30, 2017 and placed on injured reserve. On August 3, 2017, the Buccaneers waived Sperbeck from injured reserve.
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