Outside linebacker/edge rusher for the Tigers with tremendous quickness … Has yet to reach his potential due to a series of minor injuries that have limited him at times … Expected to be at full strength for fall camp … With his speed and strength, gives LSU another pass rush specialist on the edge … More than just a pass rusher, is good against the run as well … Has played in 18 games with four starts during his career … 31 career tackles along with 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2018)
Played in 12 games with two starts … Starts came in the Fiesta Bowl win over UCF and in the home-opener against Southeastern Louisiana … Had career-best five tackles against Southeastern Louisiana and Ole Miss … First career sack came in win over Southeastern … Added four tackles against Florida and Alabama.
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.
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: 5, 2x (Last: vs. Ole Miss, 2018; First: vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 2018)
Tackles for Loss: 1.5 vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 2018
Sacks: 1.0 vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 2018