Clayton Thorson is coming back to Northwestern for another season. The Wildcats’ quarterback confirmed this on Tuesday, opting to come back to Pat Fitzgerald’s program instead of testing the waters in 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. “That’s what I came here to do.”
Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson will return for senior season
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Thorson had 2,809 passing yards, 15 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a 60.6 completion percentage for Northwestern in the 2017 regular season. Thorson, who has played in all three seasons with the Wildcats and has 7,513 career passing yards, helped the team win seven straight games to finish the season 9-3. He and Northwestern will go for their 10th win of the season when they face Kentucky in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 29.
Thorson (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) was listed as one of the draft’s top five underclassmen quarterback prospects by ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. prior to the 2017 season. He’ll wait until the 2019 NFL Draft to potentially hear his name called.