Daily Five: Key Returning Injured Stars

Daily Five: Key Returning Injured Stars

2018 Spring Football

Daily Five: Key Returning Injured Stars


1. QB Clayton Thorson, Sr. Northwestern

It was about as cruel as it gets.

While he would’ve been behind the main group of stars, Clayton Thorson could’ve turned pro early and gone somewhere around the late second and early third as a great value pick.

The 6-5, 225-pounder has the right size, a big arm, and the skills to develop into a decent next-level starter – as long as he cuts down on his interceptions.

But early on in the Music City Bowl win over Kentucky, he went down with a torn ACL, and then came the start of the long road back.

This spring is about developing the other options, with Thorson needing time and backup Matt Alviti done. T.J. Green, Aidan Smith and Andrew Marty are all getting their chances, but the hope is for all of them to jockey for backup time.

Can Thorson come back and be great just eight months after getting injured? That might not necessarily be realistic, and considering the season opener is at Purdue, and with Michigan, at Michigan State and Nebraska to follow just a few weeks later, the Cats need their star.

It might be this simple. If Thorson is okay and back to form – or close to it – Northwestern will be a thorn in everyone’s side. Without him, and without a great quarterback option to step in, just going bowling will be a stretch.

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