Height: 5'10"
Weight: 190
Year: Senior
City/State: Lincoln, Neb.
High School: Southeast


  • 2003 First-Team Academic All-Big 12
  • Four-Time Big 12 commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
  • Four-Time Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004)
  • Nebraska Special Teams Captain (Southern Miss)

2003 (Senior)
Fred Thorne was a special teams standout as a senior and was honored for his hard work as Nebraska's special teams captain for the Southern Miss game. The reserve strong safety played in all 13 games as a senior and recorded eight tackles, including five solos. He notched a career-high two tackles against Iowa State, and managed a solo tackle in NU's win over Michigan State in the 2003 Alamo Bowl.

2002 (Junior)
Thorne missed all of 2002 with a broken leg.

2001 (Sophomore)
Thorne played in two games in 2001, but he did not record any tackles.

2000 (Redshirt Freshman)
Thorne played in two games in 2000, but he did not record any tackles.

1999 (Freshman)
A walk-on, Thorne redshirted in 1999.

Before Nebraska (Southeast HS)
Thorne played safety, cornerback, split end and wingback for Coach Chuck Mizerski at Lincoln Southeast High School. Thorne earned second-team all-state honors as a defensive back and helped the Knights to back-to-back state titles in 1997 and 1998. Thorne also lettered three years in track at Southeast.

The son of Laura and Fred Thorne, Charles (Fred) Thorne was born on Sept. 16, 1980. Fred is the great-grandson of William H. Browne, who was an assistant football coach for the Huskers (1930-40), and was also the head basketball coach for eight seasons from 1933 to 1940.

An eight-time Big 12 Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll member, Thorne earned first-team academic All-Big 12 honors as a secondary education major in 2003.

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