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Fleet-footed Thorson leading T-G-U

Junior quarterback from Towner has had a breakout season

October 9, 2009
Matt Mullally

Towner junior Tyler Thorson is showing that a quarterback's legs are just as valuable as his arm.

Thorson has been the catalyst in the Titans' offense this season, rushing for 664 yards and 14 touchdowns in the first six games.

"Our line is blocking really well and there has been big holes to run through,' Thorson said.

There are set running plays in T-G-U's offense for Tyler, including options, bootlegs and runs up the middle, and that diversity is making it difficult for teams to contain him.

Tyler's big numbers on the ground may come as a bit of surprise since the Titans also have all-state runner senior Ian Keller in the backfield. Perhaps the attention Keller has drawn from opponents early on has played a part in Thorson making big plays.

However, No. 11 has shown the athleticism to elude tacklers, the strength to break tackles, and quickness to outrun the secondary to the end zone.

Tyler said a summer of lifting weights, attending a sports acceleration training program and competing in rodeo played a big part in his gridiron success.

And speaking of rodeo, Thorson is one of the state's best in high school steer wrestling and bull riding. He competed in both of those events at the National High School Rodeo Finals in July in New Mexico. And during the first few weekends of September, Thorson was pulling double duty. He would play football on Friday nights and then compete in rodeos across the state on Saturday and Sundays.

He's probably the only high schooler who has had to tangle with both defensive tacklers and a bull during the same weekend.

Thorson is glad the rodeo season has wrapped up, allowing him more time rest and to focus solely on football. T-G-U coach Scott Thorson and Tyler's father, said Tyler was going to have to step up his playmaking this year, and he's certainly done that.

Tyler has also shown he can throw the ball, and that was illustrated in the Titans' recent road games against St. John and Wells County. He passed for 95 and 110 yards respectively.

Although the Titans haven't had to use their passing game much this season, it's evident it will be needed come the postseason.

Tyler suffered a broken ankle just two games before the 9-man playoffs a year ago. He admitted it was difficult to watch from the sidelines and is looking forward to the playoffs.

And opponents will have to take note that Thorson's legs as well as his arm are leading the Titans.



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