Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Countdown 2010: 84 Days to Go

84: Tommy Thurson #60 (1980-83)

Consistency best describes linebacker Tommy Thurson's career at Georgia as he ended it as the Bulldogs' second all-time leading tackler with 448 total career tackles. Leading the team in tackles in 1981 and 1982, the Jacksonville native was a 3-year starter for Georgia during the greatest run in its football history.

The 1979 Jacksonville Journal High School Player of the Year played part of his collegiate career with a ruptured disc in his back but made first-team all-SEC in 1982 and 1983, helping the 1982 defense hold opponents to 12.1 points per game.

Thurson had 18 tackles in the 1982 defeat of Georgia Tech, while his fellow linebacker Knox Culpepper had 25, combining for 43 total tackles in the game.

Thurson's career stats include his 448 tackles plus 9 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 15 pass breakups and 5 forced fumbles.

Today, Thurson lives in Statesboro and works as a district supervisor for coastal area convenience stores in southwest Georgia.

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