Defense Starts Fast and Forces Three Turnovers, But Offense Wins the Day in First Major Spring Scrimmage
Offense Enjoys Big Day, Winning 73 to 23, Sophomore Punter Tim Gleeson Leaves Team
Cowboys Practice Outside in War Memorial Stadium for the First Time This Spring
UW This Season: Thornton has a strong arm and good size, and will work to learn the UW offense this fall while he develops as a quarterback. He was listed fourth on the depth chart after spring drills concluded.
High School: Thornton signed with UW in February 2012, but decided to grayshirt, meaning he chose to postpone his enrollment until the 2013 spring semester. Thornton received First Team All-State Division II recognition from the Arizona Coaches Association his senior season. He also was named an Honorable Mention All-State Division II honoree by the Arizona Republic as a senior at Marcos de Niza High. Division II is the second largest classification in Arizona. Thornton threw for 2,544 yards and had 20 touchdown passes, while completing 65 percent of his passes in 2011. He added 812 rushing yards and eight rushing TDs. As a junior, he threw for 1,934 yards and 23 touchdowns. He was voted a team captain as both a junior and senior, and led his Marcos de Niza team to back-to-back 9-3 seasons in 2010 and `11, advancing to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs both seasons. He played for head football coach Roy Lopez. Thornton began his high school career at Ponderosa High School in Parker, Colo., which is the same high school as current Wyoming Cowboy Riley Lange.
Personal: Born on Sept. 30, 1993, he is the son of Gina and Jim Thornton. He has one older brother, Jake. Thornton was also recruited by Arizona, Brown, Navy and Utah State. He is pursuing a degree in the college of business program at UW.