Bruce Thornton
Bruce  Thornton


LaGrange, Ga.

High School:

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 195




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High School:
LaGrange...rushed for 4,541 yards on 560 carries as a three year starter and four year letter winner...during senior season rushed for 1,920 yards and 28 touchdowns...an explosive special teams player that totaled 932 return yards for his career and blocked 12 kicks...Atlanta Journal-Constitution Top 50 in Georgia, Super Southern 100, Super Eleven, 1997 and 1998 All-State Team...USA Today All-USA Second Team, Pre-season Super 25... Columbus Ledger Elite Eleven...Macon Telegraph Sweet 16...Super Prep All-American...Georgia High School Football Magazine Magnificent Seven...1997 and 1998 Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State Team...named to Team Georgia for annual Georgia-Florida All-Star Game.... High School Coach: Steve Pardue.

-- Suffered broken thumb during pre-season scrimmage resulting in medical redshirt season....

2000 -- Solid spring....listed as number two at one RB position at conclusion of spring drills....played in all 11 regular season games including one start...finished as team's fourth leading receiver with 47 carries for 230 yards and three TD's....also was the team's leading kickoff return man with 22 returns for 404 yards...best games vs. New Mexico State (9x69 yards, 2 TD's) and vs. Arkansas (14x54 yards, 1 TD)...moved to defensive back during bowl practice and played in Georgia's 37-14 victory over Virginia in the 2000 Oahu Bowl, Georgia's fourth consecutive bowl victory....

2001 -- Outstanding spring at CB which included three tackles in annual spring G-Day game ....listed as number one at WC position at conclusion of spring drills... Finished the year with 32 combined tackles and seven pass breakups which tied for second on the team....had a solid outing in first career start at cornerback vs. Arkansas State (Sept. 1), accounting for three solo tackles and two pass breakups....tallied four solo tackles, one pass breakup and a fumble recovery vs. South Carolina (Sept. 8)....recorded seven unassisted tackles and broke up a pair of passes vs. Arkansas (Sept. 29)....tallied five solo tackles and broke up one pass in Georgia?s 26-24 upset over Tennessee (Oct. 6)....recorded five tackles in 2001 Music City Bowl vs. Boston College....recipient of Irvin M. Wofford Endowed Football Scholarship....

2002 -- Recorded two tackles and one tackle-for-loss in annual spring G-Day game....also carried seven times for 25 yards from TB position....recipient of spring award as the Most Improved Defensive Back....listed as number one SCB at conclusion of spring drills....recipient of Irvin M. Wofford Endowed Football Scholarship....played in all 14 games including 11 starts....intercepted pass vs. Ole Miss....best games vs. Florida (9 tackles) and Alabama (7 tackles).....returned interception 71 yards for a TD in Nokia Sugar Bowl win over FSU, the second longest in Georgia bowl history....member of team that won Georgia's first SEC championship in 20 years, defeated FSU for Nokia Sugar Bowl title, set school record for most victories in a season (13), and finished with a final national ranking of No. 3......part of defense that finished first in the SEC and fourth nationally in Scoring Defense (15.1 ppg), first in the SEC in Red Zone Defense (58.8%), second in the SEC and 19th nationally in Rushing Defense (114.0 ypg), fourth in the SEC and 15th nationally in Total Defense (303.5 ypg), and allowed only 31 total second half points in the final seven games of the season....

2003 -- Solid, veteran performer listed as number one WC at conclusion of spring drills.....one of the team leaders in his fifth year...started all 14 games for the Bulldogs.....best games vs. LSU (first game) and Georgia Tech (8 tackles each).... had six tackles and one pass break-up in Georgia?s 34-27 overtime victory against Purdue in the Capital One Bowl?made his second interception of the season in the SEC Championship game vs. LSU despite playing with a sprained thumb and a bruised shoulder?his 36 career starts is tops on the defense and second most on the team....elected permanent overall team captain by teammates.....Part of Georgia team that has won 31 games over the past three seasons, ranks among the top five teams nationally in winning percentage, and part of a Georgia defense that this year ranks 2nd nationally in Scoring Defense (13.5 ppg), 4th in Total Defense (275.92 ypg), 7th in Passing Defense (170.23 ypg),11th nationally in Turnover Margin (+.92), and 4th in number of scoreless quarters (23)....invited to play in the Senior Bowl post-season all-star game....Major: Child and Family Development.


Year G/GS Solo Asst. Total Sacks TL CF RF PBU Int. QBP
2001 11/9 27 5 32 0/0 1/3 0 1 7 0 0
2002 14/11 24 19 43 0/0 4/18 1 1 6 2 0
2003 14/14 43 11 54 0/0 3/3 0 0 8 2 2
Totals 39/34 94 35 129 0 8/24 1 2 21 4 2


200011/1472304.920.9323 UF
Totals 11/1 47 230 4.9 20.9 3 23 UF


YearG/GSRec.YardsAvg.Rec.Avg. Gm.TDLG
200011/14133.31.208 ARK
Totals 11/1 4 13 3.3 1.2 0 8 ARK

Kickoff Returns

2000112240418.4030 GSU
Totals 11 22 404 18.4 0 30 GSU

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