2014 Outlook Sophomore Paul Thurston will head into fall camp looking to earn playing time on a deep and veteran Nebraska offensive line. The 6-5, 295-pound Thurston has the versatility to play multiple positions on the line, but has settled into the center position over the past year. Thurston will head into fall camp looking to compete with senior Mark Pelini and junior Ryne Reeves for playing time at the center spot.
Thurston came to the NU program after a standout prep career at Arvada West High School in Colorado.
2013 (Redshirt Freshman) Thurston added depth on the offensive line, but did not see action in a game.
2012 (Redshirt) Thurston redshirted in his first season at Nebraska.
Before Nebraska (Arvada West) Thurston was a dominant blocker for Arvada West High each of his final 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.
Personal Thurston is the son of Greg and Janet Thurston, and he was born on June 25, 1993. He is a broadcasting major, and earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2012. Thurston has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Hotline and team hospital and community rec center visits.
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