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Clayton Thorson | Quarterback

Team: Northwestern Wildcats
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 226

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Northwestern senior QB Clayton Thorson completed 26-of-43 passes for 265 yards with a touchdown and an interception in a 45-24 loss to Ohio State on Saturday in the Big Ten Championship Game.
Thorson played relatively well for the majority of this game, but it didn't end very well for the Wildcats; particularly after a touchdown pass that made it 24-21 in the middle of the third quarter. One of the interceptions was a ball that slipped out of his hands, hit a Wildcats' offensive lineman and landed in the safe arms of a Buckeyes' defender. Thorson has been inconsistent this year, but kudos to him and Northwestern for reaching the Big Ten Championship game. We'll see them play in a decent bowl game soon. Dec 2 - 12:04 AM

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Northwestern senior QB Clayton Thorson completed 12-of-17 passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for a short score in Saturday's 24-16 win over Illinois.

Thorson (6'4/226) did not do a ton as a passer in this one, but did connect on scoring tosses in each of the first two quarters. His one-yard rushing score was logged in the second quarter. He is going to need to step it up against Ohio State in the conference title game next weekend if Northwestern is to have a realistic chance to bring down the Buckeyes.
Nov 24 - 7:56 PM

Northwestern senior QB Clayton Thorson accepted an invitation to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Thorson (6'4/226) has been inconsistent in 2018, but he's led Northwestern to a 7-4 record so far in 2018, and he will get a chance to face either Michigan or Ohio State in the Big Ten conference championship game next Saturday. When he's at his best, he'll show impressive accuracy with the ability to put touch on the football, but he's turnover prone, and he'll also have health concerns because of his gruesome ACL injury that occurred in last year's bowl game.
Nov 21 - 4:07 PM

Northwestern senior QB Clayton Thorson completed 15-of-21 passes for 230 yards in Saturday's 24-14 win over Minnesota.

Northwestern's offense did little of consequence today, but Thorson did just enough to keep the Gophers at arm's length throughout. Thorson's TD/INT rate remains 12/12, and his completion percentage and YPA are both sub-par, but Northwestern is 7-4 anyway. The upstart Wildcats take a 7-4 record into next week's game against Illinois.
Nov 17 - 4:01 PM

Northwestern senior QB Clayton Thorson completed 15-of-30 passes for 122 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in Saturday's 14-10 win over Iowa.

Thorson may have come up with a huge throw late, hitting Bennett Skowronek for a diving, go-ahead 32-yard touchdown with just under 10 minutes remaining in the game, but make no mistake, he played very poorly in this contest. Despite his wobbly work, Northwestern will be heading to the Big Ten Championship Game in a few weeks.
Nov 10 - 10:03 PM

Northwestern senior QB Clayton Thorson completed 16-of-29 passes for just 141 yards with a touchdown and ran for two more scores in a 31-21 loss to Notre Dame on Saturday.

Thorson's two rushing touchdowns are nice -- and he threw a 27-yard score to Riley Lees -- but outside of the touchdowns, the senior signal-caller struggled. Most of his completions were short, and he was very fortunate to have thrown a couple of picks. The fact Thorson is even playing is impressive, but he has to play better if the Wildcats are going to compete with better teams. Iowa is one of those teams, and they come next Saturday.
Nov 3 - 10:42 PM

The Draft Network's Kyle Crabbs doesn't consider Northwestern senior QB Clayton Thorson a viable NFL quarterback.

Crabbs questions Thorson's inconsistencies, something that's been an issue throughout his career. Crabbs explains "He is who he is: a fairly inaccurate passer who struggles when needing to push the ball down the field." He believes there may be some draft buzz around Thorson this offseason due to the periodic good plays he makes. Thorson has thrown multiple interceptions in 4-of-8 games this year, one of the many red flags on his profile.
Oct 28 - 11:16 AM

Northwestern senior QB Clayton Thorson completed 17-of-30 passes for 172 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions while rushing for two additional scores in Saturday's 31-17 win over Wisconsin.

Thorson (6'4/226) has had a few all-over-the-map games this season, and this performance would certainly fall into that category. While his poor reads as a passer proved frustrating enough, the senior signal-caller had room to make mistakes with Wisconsin failing to offer much serious offensive push. Still, not the healthiest way to live. Thorson has now been picked off multiple times in four of eight games this season. Notre Dame's staunch defense awaits Thorson and crew next weekend.
Oct 27 - 3:57 PM

Northwestern senior QB Clayton Thorson completed 17-of-34 passes for 150 yards in Saturday's 18-15 win over Rutgers.

Thorson had been flinging the ball around for significant yardage totals over the past month -- he entered the weekend having passed for at least 370 yards in three of his last four games -- but with Isaiah Bowser providing a much-needed ground presence on Saturday, the Wildcats were able to survive against the Scarlet Knights even with the senior signal-caller not hitting on all cylinders. He'll try for a sharper showing against Wisconsin next weekend.
Oct 20 - 4:33 PM

Northwestern senior QB Clayton Thorson completed 41-of-64 passes for 455 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 34-31 overtime win over Nebraska.

Thorson (6'4/226) was not perfect in this one, but he put together a beautiful final drive to send the game to overtime. The Wildcats got the ball back on their own one-yard line trailing 31-24 with 2:30 remaining in the game, after which the senior quarterback hit on six-of-seven passes to march Northwestern down the field (with the aid of a few penalties). That drive culminated with a game-tying five-yard touchdown strike to JJ Jefferson with just seconds remaining in regulation. The team would go on to win in overtime on a 37-yard field goal off the leg of Drew Luckenbaugh. With Northwestern struggling mightily on the ground since Jeremy Larkin's abrupt retirement near the end of September, Thorson has been throwing the ball a ton of late. Over his last two games, he's attempted 111 passes while throwing for 828 yards with a 6/4 TD/INT ratio. He'll have a prime opportunity for big numbers against Rutgers next weekend.
Oct 13 - 4:29 PM

Northwestern senior QB Clayton Thorson completed 31-of-47 passes for 373 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions in Saturday's 29-19 win over Michigan State.

The Wildcats had the right strategy by going all in on passing plays against a Michigan State defense that has allowed the nation's fewest rushing yards per game (40.3) and fewest rushing yards per carry (1.5). Thorson dropped by 47 times while the running game mustered up just eight yards on 20 carries, so this win was all Thorson and the defense. The highlight of the game was a beautiful pass over the top of a Spartan defender that gave Northwestern a second half lead, but Thorson also scored a goal line touchdown with two minutes left to seal up the win. Northwestern will bring a 2-3 record into next week's game against Nebraska.
Oct 6 - 5:06 PM

Northwestern senior QB Clayton Thorson completed 33-of-53 passes for 383 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 39-34 loss to Akron.

Looking at the outward statistical line, you might think that Thorson had a dominant evening. And he did, in places. However, the senior signal-caller also made two enormous gaffes in the fourth quarter, fumbling the ball in the end zone -- subsequently recovered by Akron for a touchdown -- and throwing a backbreaking pick-six which essentially ended the game. Those two plays came on back-to-back drives, at that. Yikes. It was certainly nice to see Thorson air it out, at least, after he had kept on something of a pitch count in the first two games of the campaign. He and his Wildcat brothers will try to rebound from this rough loss when they take on Michigan after their upcoming bye week.
Sep 16 - 12:07 AM

Northwestern senior QB Clayton Thorson went 22-for-38 for 198 yards and an interception in Saturday's 21-7 loss to Duke.

Thorson remains on a "pitch count" coming off his ACL injury. He once again platooned with TJ Green today, and neither was particularly effective. The Wildcat offense may struggle to achieve cohesion until Thorson is healthy enough to take all the snaps.
Sep 8 - 3:17 PM

Northwestern senior QB Clayton Thorson and junior TJ Green are listed as co-starters for Saturday's showdown with Duke.

Thorson and Green both played in last Thursday's win over Purdue. Green attempted 11 passes to Thorson's 27 in that Week 1 victory, and it's fair to speculate that the Wildcats might begin to lean more and more heavily on Thorson as they become more and more confident in the stability of his surgically-repaired knee. While the long layoff did show at times, we liked what we saw on the whole from Thorson, especially in the first half.
Source: Inside NU
Sep 4 - 5:53 PM

Northwestern senior QB Clayton Thorson went 16-of-27 for 172 yards in Thursday's 31-27 road win over Purdue.

Less than nine months since tearing his ACL in last year’s bowl game, it was encouraging to see Thorson running around and playing confidently with his knee brace right from the first snap. Thorson led the offense down the field for scores in back-to-back possessions to start the game. But right as he began to get into a groove, Thorson was pulled for TJ Green, which was the reported game plan to keep Thorson on a pitch count. After his break, Thorson wasn't quite the same, but it was still good enough for the road win. Thorson will be the starter next week against Duke.
Aug 31 - 12:19 AM