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Thomas Sperbeck (born October 21, 1994) is an American football wide receiver. He played college football for the Boise State Broncos.[1] He is the all-time leader in receiving yards in Boise State history.

Thomas Sperbeck
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Sperbeck at 2016 Mountain West Media Days
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1994-10-21) October 21, 1994 (age 24)
Carmichael, California
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school:Carmichael (CA) Jesuit
College:Boise State
Undrafted:2017
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards

Early lifeEdit

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).[1]

Sperbeck was considered a two-star pick by Scout.com. He was ranked 115th in his position. Thomas ran a 40-yard dash time of 4.44.[2]

College careerEdit

2013Edit

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,[3] 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.[1][4]

2014Edit

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.[1][5]

2015Edit

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.[6] 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.[1][7] Additionally, he had a juggling, one-handed catch against Wyoming which won him the Yahoo! Sports Catch of the Year contest.[8]

College statisticsEdit

Year Team Games Rec Yards Avg Long Rec TDs
2013 Boise State 8 5 40 8.0 17 0
2014 Boise State 14 51 877 17.2 51 3
2015 Boise State 13 88 1,412 16.0 85 8
2016 Boise State 13 80 1,272 15.9 54 9
College Totals 48 224 3,601 16.1 85 20

Professional careerEdit

Sperbeck signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent on May 1, 2017.[9] He was waived/injured on July 30, 2017 and placed on injured reserve.[10] On August 3, 2017, the Buccaneers waived Sperbeck from injured reserve.[11]

On May 17, 2018, Sperbeck re-signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[12] He was waived/injured by the team on May 23, 2018 and was placed on injured reserve.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Thomas is the son of former University of Nevada quarterback and former coach Marshall Sperbeck. [14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "broncosports.com Thomas Sperbeck Bio". www.broncosports.com. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  2. ^ "Thomas Sperbeck, Boise State WR - Scout". www.scout.com. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  3. ^ "MWC notebook: Boise has QB dilemma?". San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on March 7, 2016. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  4. ^ "Boise State football coach Chris Petersen explains 'unfortunate events' at end of last week's first half". IdahoStatesman. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  5. ^ "Bowl Bits: Boise State 38, Arizona 30". CBS Sports. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  6. ^ "Thomas Sperbeck". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  7. ^ "Game recap: Boise State crushes Northern Illinois 55-7 in Poinsettia Bowl". idahostatesman. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "And the 2015 Catch of the Year goes to..." Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  9. ^ Smith, Scott (May 1, 2017). "Bucs' Rookie Free Agents Flesh Out Roster". Buccaneers.com. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  10. ^ Smith, Scott (July 30, 2017). "Bucs Sign Marqueston Huff, Jhajuan Seales". Buccaneers.com. Archived from the original on December 4, 2017.
  11. ^ Bouda, Nate (August 3, 2017). "Buccaneers Waive WR Thomas Sperbeck From I.R. With Settlement".
  12. ^ Smith, Scott (May 17, 2018). "Bucs Sign LB Salmon, WR Sperbeck". Buccaneers.com. Archived from the original on May 18, 2018.
  13. ^ Smith, Scott (May 23, 2018). "Bernard Reedy Returns to Bucs". Buccaneers.com. Archived from the original on May 24, 2018.
  14. ^ "Thomas Sperbeck catches on at Boise State". SacBee. Retrieved February 25, 2016.

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