Surgery on Thorson’s ACL in his right knee was a success.
It is unclear as to whether he will be the starting quarterback come August.
The procedure took place sometime last week.
Clayton Thorson is now on the road to recovery. It’s a long one.
The junior Northwestern quarterback recently underwent successful surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament or ACL in his right knee, per Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.
Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson recently underwent successful ACL surgery, according to the school. An additional update on his prognosis could come soon.
Thorson sustained the injury during the first quarter of last month’s Music City Bowl, in which he appeared to have hyperextended it while taking on contact from Kentucky linebacker Jordan Jones. He was carted off the field and did not return.
In lieu of Thorson, backup quarterback and fifth-year senior Matt Alviti stepped in and led the Wildcats to a 24-23 win over their SEC opponents.
The 6’4,” 225-pound gunslinger will have more time to mold his legacy at Northwestern, as Thorson announced back in December that he would be returning to Evanston for his senior season. It isn’t currently clear as to whether he will be healthy for the Wildcats’ season opener on August 30th against Purdue.
Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune reported in December shortly after Thorson’s announcement that the quarterback was pegged to be a fifth-round draft selection by an unnamed NFL Scout.
Aside from senior running back Justin Jackson, Thorson was a catalyst for the Northwestern offense this fall, throwing for 2,844 yards via 262 completions on 434 attempts, good for a 60.4% completion percentage.
The Wheaton North product, who has played in all 39 games during his collegiate career, holds a 44-30 touchdown-to-interception ratio, one stat line that seems to be hindering his projections.
In addition to Thorson, Wildcats linebacker Nate Hall also had successful ACL surgery recently, according to Adam Rittenberg. Hall suffered the injury during practice shortly before the Music City Bowl.
Hall, a major contributor for Pat Fitzgerald’s defense, is also slated to return for his senior season at Northwestern.