Clayton Thorson announced he will be returning to Evanston next season.
The Wildcats will be in good hands at quarterback next season.
The Chicagoland area native looks ready to break even more records next year
Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson will be returning for his senior season next year, according to press release issued by the team Tuesday afternoon.
It’s no secret that Thorson’s draft stock has been steadily rising, but today’s announcement will quell any rumors of the junior forgoing his remaining year of eligibility for the NFL draft.
“I want to play another season alongside the guys I’ve battled with for these last three years, and win a Big Ten Championship,” Thorson said in the announcement. “That’s what I came here to do.”
Thorson has led the Wildcats to three straight seasons in which the team has finished above .500, and helped land them in a respectable bowl game each year.
This season, Thorson helped Northwestern clinch a berth in the Music City Bowl on December 29th against the Kentucky Wildcats.
So far in his junior campaign, the 6’4,” 226-pound gunslinger has thrown for 2,809 yards via 258 completed passes on 426 attempts, good for a 60.6% completion rate. Thorson has cultivated a 44-30 touchdown-to-interception ratio throughout his three seasons and set a team record in his sophomore year for most touchdowns thrown with 22.
Thorson became the fourth player in school history to throw for 3,000 yards in a season last year, and already holds a team record for the most wins by a starting quarterback with 26.
Pro scouts turned out to Ryan Field in droves this season to take in Thorson’s play, among other players. According to the Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein, one NFL scout projected Thorson as a fifth-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft before today’s announcement.
Thorson looks poised for an even stronger 2018 season, and that’s something head coach Pat Fitzgerald and NFL personnel alike would both want to see.