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Paul Thurston
Player Profile:
Paul Thurston 804995
Position: Offensive Lineman
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 290
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Hometown: Arvada, Colo.
High School: Arvada West
Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012)

Paul Thurston saw limited action at center throughout the 2014 season, but was forced into action in the final two games when injuries sidelined the Huskers’ top two centers. The 6-5, 295-pound Thurston will compete for more significant playing time in 2015. Thurston handled most of the duty at center with the top offense during spring ball. He and senior Ryne Reeves are expected to be the top competitors for the starting center spot when fall camp commences in August.

2014 (Sophomore)
Thurston played in 10 games, mostly in a reserve role, but played extensively at Iowa with the top two centers injured. Thurston’s play helped NU rally from a 24-7 deficit to win, matching the largest road comeback in school history. He also saw snaps at center in the Holiday Bowl. In addition to his work at center, Thurston served as a shield blocker on NU’s punt unit, helping the Huskers rank among the Big Ten’s best in net punting.

2013 (Redshirt Freshman)
Thurston added depth on the line in 2013, but did not play in a game.

2012 (Redshirt)
Thurston redshirted in 2012.

Before Nebraska (Arvada West HS)
Thurston was a dominant blocker for Arvada West High School each of his final three seasons. As a senior, Thurston was a Class 5A (largest class) first-team all-state selection by the Denver Post. As a junior for Coach Casey Coons, Thurston helped Arvada West to a 6-5 record and a trip to the second round of the Class 5A playoffs. Thurston was a first-team all-conference selection as a junior, when he also played defensive line. As a sophomore, Thurston helped Arvada West to an 11-2 record and a berth in the Class 5A state semifinals.

Thurston was regarded as one of the top five players in Colorado by both Rivals.com and 247 Sports, and also listed among the top 150 overall prospects in the country by both Rivals and Scout.com. Thurston only visited Nebraska, but had numerous offers including Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford, Colorado, Northwestern, Kansas State and UCLA to name a few.

Personal
The son of Greg and Janet Thurston, Paul was born on June 25, 1993. He is a broadcasting major, earning a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2012. Thurston has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Hotline and team hospital and community rec center visits.

Thurston's Career Statistics
» Games Played –10 (all in 2014)

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