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Khyri Thornton
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Khyri Thornton

Class:
Graduated

Hometown:
Panama City, Fla.

High School:
Bay HS

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 300

Position:
DL

Experience:
3L

2013 (r-Sr.)
Played and started in 11 games his senior campaign and finished with 50 contests played in his career, including 28 starts over his four-year career ... Missed final contest with an injury ... Voted a permanent team captain for the season ... Garnered second-team All-Conference USA honors and was a finalist for the Conerly Trophy, which is given to the state's top collegiate player ... The four-year letterwinner tallied 39 tackles 16 solo, 23 assists) during his senior campaign with 6.5 tackles for loss and a half sack ... Notched season-high seven tackles against FIU (10/5), which included 2.5 tackles for loss and his half sack ... Added tackles against both Arkansas (9/14) and Louisiana Tech (11/9) ... Posted at least three tackles in eight games and five stops in four contests ... Became second former Golden Eagle to play in the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) Collegiate Bowl (the other was OL Darius Barnes in 2012)

2012 (r-Jr.)
Started 10 games and appeared in all 12 as the team's primary defensive tackle ... Finished the campaign with 36 tackles (23 solo, 13 assisted) and 9.5 tackles for loss, good for second-best on the team ... Had one interception come in the Western Kentucky game and returned it for 12 yards ... Had one sack and forced fumble

2011 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl
Added two tackles including a half-sack for a loss of a yard and one QB hurry

2011 (r-So.)
Played in all 14 games with seven starts including the first six games of the season ... Recorded 24 tackles (12 solo, 12 assisted) and 9.0 tackles for loss ... Had 1.5 sacks for 10 yards and forced one fumble ... Also recovered a fumble and returned it nine yards

2010 (r-Fr.)
A Conference USA All-Freshman team selection ... Had 17 tackles (seven solos) ... Had season-best three tackles against Prairie View (9/11) and two tackles in five other games ... Saw action in all 13 games ... Registered 5.0 tackles for loss for 14 yards and 2.5 sacks for 11 yards

2009 (Fr.)
Redshirted

Prep
Three-star prospect at defensive tackle ... Ranked 16th among prep school prospects according to Rivals.com ... Rated 73rd best defensive tackle in the class of 2008 by Rivals.com ... Ranked 20th best prospect at defensive tackle in 2008 by ESPN ... Recorded 678 yards rushing with 10 touchdowns as a high school senior ... Also had two catches for 37 yards and a touchdown ... Made 49 tackles including 46 solo stops, two sacks, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery during his senior campaign ... Named to the Orlando Sentinel Top 100 following his senior season ... Played in North-South Football All-Star Classic

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