Enters this year with the Tigers and he goes into 2018 ready to make an impact at outside linebacker … Possesses tremendous quickness and toughness … Started final two games of the 2017 season.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON (2017)
Played six games and started the final two games at outside linebacker … Finished the season with 10 tackles … Recorded a season-high three tackles against Texas A&M and in the Citrus Bowl against Notre Dame … Also finished with two tackles against Tennessee and one tackle against both BYU and Chattanooga.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2016)
Redshirted as a true freshman in 2016.
Outstanding linebacker prospect who possesses tremendous strength and quickness ... Rated as the nation's 61st-best overall prospect by ESPN ... Four-star rating from ESPN, Scout, and 247Sports ... Ranked No. 195 by 247Sports and No. 259 by Scout ... Invited to the Under Armour All-American Game ... Listed as the nation's 13th-best weak side defensive end prospect and rated as the 31st-best player in the state of Texas for the class of 2016 ... Helped team to a 9-3 overall mark as a senior and the school's first-ever playoff victory ... Key contributor on a Shoemaker High defense that allowed only 15 points a game in 2015 ... Had 57 tackles and 10 sacks in 2015 ... Recorded 61 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss and five sacks as a junior ... Named District 12-6A Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 ... Named 2015 Killeen Daily Herald All-Area Most Valuable Player ... Coached by Channon Hall.
Parents are Danielle and Rahssan Thornton Sr. ... Born Nov. 17, 1997 ... Majoring in sport administration.
RAY THORNTON'S CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 3 vs. Texas A&M, Nov 25, 2017 (0-3)
Tackles for loss: 0.5, Two times (Last: Texas A&M, Nov 25, 2017; First: at Tennessee, Nov 18, 2017)