Honors & Awards
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012)
Paul Thurston redshirted his first season at Nebraska.
Before Nebraska (Arvada West)
Thurston was one of two offensive linemen in the 2012 class. The 6-5, 275-pound Thurston was a dominant blocker for Arvada West High each of the past three seasons. As a senior, Thurston was a Class 5A (largest class) first-team all-state selection by the Denver Post. During his junior year for Coach Casey Coons, Thurston helped Arvada West to a 6-5 record and a trip to the second round of the Class 5A playoffs. Thurston was a a first-team all-conference selection as a junior, when he also played some on the defensive line. Thurston was also a member of the varsity team as a sophomore, when Arvada West posted an 11-2 record and advanced to the Class 5A state semifinals. Thurston was regarded as one of the top five players in Colorado by both Rivals.com and 247 sports. He was also listed among the top 150 overall prospects in the country by both Rivals and Scout.com, and was generally regarded among the top 20 offensive tackles nationally. Thurston commited to Nebraska in the summer before his senior year, and did not take any other visits. He did receive numerous offers including Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford, Colorado, Northwestern, Kansas State and UCLA to name a few.
Thurston is the son of Greg and Janet Thurston, and he was born on June 25, 1993. He earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2012.