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#43 Ray Thornton Season 2020

Killeen, Texas
High School
Shoemaker HS

Moves to middle linebacker in Bo Pelini’s new 4-3 defense in 2020 … Has seen action at outside linebacker and edge rusher during his career … A veteran, will be counted on for leadership … Best football is in front of him as he’s made steady improvement each season … In the past has made big plays in big games … Tremendous quickness … Good against defending the run or pressuring the quarterback … Has played in 32 games with four starts during his career … 31 career tackles along with 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack. 

Played in 14 games with no starts … Registered nine tackles, one quarterback hurry and recovered a fumble … Fumble recovery came in first quarter against Alabama that halted a Crimson Tide possession inside the LSU 10-yard line … His fumble recovery led to a 92-yard LSU drive as the Tigers took a 7-0 lead and rode that momentum to the victory … Credited with a quarterback hurry on Alabama’s next possession on 3rd-and-6 that forced a Crimson Tide punt … Had season-best four tackles in win over Arkansas.

Played in 12 games with two starts … Starts came in the Fiesta Bowl win over UCF and in the home-opener against Southeastern Louisiana … Had career-best five tackles against Southeastern Louisiana and Ole Miss … First career sack came in win over Southeastern …  Added four tackles against Florida and Alabama. 

Played six games and started the final two games at outside linebacker … Finished the season with 10 tackles … Recorded a season-high three tackles against Texas A&M and in the Citrus Bowl against Notre Dame … Also finished with two tackles against Tennessee and one tackle against both BYU and Chattanooga. 

Redshirted as a true freshman in 2016.

Rated as the nation’s 61st-best overall prospect by ESPN … Four-star rating from ESPN, Scout, and 247Sports … Ranked No. 195 by 247Sports and No. 259 by Scout … Invited to the Under Armour All-American Game … Listed as the nation’s 13th-best weak side defensive end prospect and rated as the 31st-best player in the state of Texas for the class of 2016 … Helped team to a 9-3 overall mark as a senior and the school’s first-ever playoff victory … Key contributor on a Shoemaker High defense that allowed only 15 points a game in 2015 … Had 57 tackles and 10 sacks in 2015 … Recorded 61 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss and five sacks as a junior … Named District 12-6A Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 … Named 2015 Killeen Daily Herald All-Area Most Valuable Player … Coached by Channon Hall.

Parents are Danielle and Rahssan Thornton Sr. … Born Nov. 17, 1997 … Majoring in sport administration.

Ray Thornton’s Career Highs
Tackles: 5, 2x (Last: vs. Ole Miss, 2018; First: vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 2018)    
Tackles for Loss: 1.5 vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 2018
Sacks: 1.0 vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 2018
Fumble Recoveries: 1 vs. Alabama, 2019 

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