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25 Skyler Thornton
  • Back
  • 5-11, 210
  • 2003-05, 3L
  • LaGrange, Ga.
  • LaGrange HS

Played three seasons and transferred prior to the Outback Bowl in 2005…Played in 34 career games, including one start (Wyoming, 2005)…

2005: Had 96 yards on 20 carries for a 4.8-yard average…Saw playing time in nine games with one start…Did not see action against Tennessee and Florida State… Made the first start of his collegiate career against Wyoming…Gained 36 yards on eight carries, including a 12-yard scamper in the third quarter…Picked up 16 yards on two rushes against Mississippi State, including a long of 13 yards…Carried the ball twice for seven yards at Alabama… Returned to the lineup and gained 36 yards on seven carries in the win over Kentucky…Helped set up the Gators' second touchdown with a season-best 16-yard run down to UK's 11-yard line. Two plays later, Leak connected with Chad Jackson on an 11-yard scoring toss… Also had one reception for eight yards against the Wildcats…

2004: Reserve tailback who saw action in 11 of 12 games (all but Middle Tennessee State) for 182 plays…163 of his 230 yards came in UF's final four games versus Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Florida State and Miami…Posted a career-high 55 rushing yards on a career-best 13 carries and caught a career-long nine-yard pass versus South Carolina…Ran for 46 yards on eight carries (5.8 avg.), including a season-long 16-yard run against the No. 1 run defense of Florida State, which was only allowing 1.87 yards per rushing attempt…Recorded a career-best two receptions for eight yards against FSU…11 carries in the season-opener against EMU exceeded his total from the 2003 season…Scored only touchdown of the season and rushed for 36 yards against EMU…Totaled 34 yards on five carries versus Georgia…Rushed for 20 yards on eight carries and caught a career-long pass of 22 yards in the Peach Bowl versus Miami…

2003: Saw action at running back and on special teams, playing in all 13 games for 123 plays…Was one of only three true freshman to score a TD during the season…Saw a career-high 22 plays in the season-opener vs. SJSU…Was one of seven true freshmen to play in every game throughout the year…110 of his 123 plays were on special teams, the fourth-highest total on special teams for UF true freshmen…Highlighted UF's fourth quarter in the season opener with a 27-yard TD run, the longest run of the night vs. San Jose State…Finished the SJSU game as the team's second-leading rusher with three carries for 30 yards…Scored his first collegiate touchdown, rushing for 51 yards on the night, in the win over FAMU…Played on kickoff, punt return and kick-off return teams…

PREP: A SuperPrep All-America…Considered the nation's No. 16 running back and among the top 10 prospects in Georgia by Rivals…Rated the No. 12 overall back by TheInsiders.com…Member of the BorderWars 101 Team…Named to the Prep Sports Plus All-America Team…Two-time all-state selection at running back…A four-year starter and captain his senior year… Rushed for 4,316 yards on 596 carries, scoring 59 touchdowns over his prep career…Led his team to a state championship (3A) as a junior…Set school records with season touchdowns (34) and yards per carry (8.7) as a senior, rushing for 1,591 yards…Won the team's Ironman Award as a senior…Rushed for 1,592 yards and 21 TDs as a junior…Was a two-year starter in basketball and ran track in high school all four years…A Who's Who Among American High School Athletes' recipient…Also considered Georgia, Arkansas and South Carolina in the recruiting process…High school coach was Steve Pardue…


CAREER RUSHING STATISTICS
Year No. Yds Avg. TDs Long
2003 8 80 10.0 1 27
2004 55 230 4.2 1 16
2005 20 96 4.8 0 16
Totals: 83 406 4.9 2 27
CAREER RECEIVING STATISTICS
Year No. Yds Avg. TDs Long
2004 5 48 9.6 0 22
2005 1 8 8.0 0 8
Totals: 6 56 9.3 0 22
CAREER KICK RETURN STATISTICS
Year No. Yds Avg. TDs Long
2003 1 8 8.0 0 8
Totals: 1 8 8.0 0 8

THORNTON'S CAREER HIGHS
Rushing Attempts: 13 (South Carolina, 2004)
Rushing Yards: 55 (South Carolina, 2004)
Rushing TDs: 1 (twice, last vs. EMU, 2004)
Longest Rush: 27 (San Jose State, 2003)
Receptions: 2 (Florida State, 2004)
Receiving Yards: 22 (Miami (Fla.), 2004)
Receiving TDs: None
Longest Reception: 22 (Miami (Fla.), 2004)

2005



                                     |---RUSHING---|  |--RECEIVING--|  All

 Date         Opponent               No.  Yds TD  Lg  No.  Yds TD  Lg Purp

 Sep 03, 2005 WYOMING................  8   36  0  12    0    0  0   0   36

 Sep 10, 2005 LOUISIANA TECH.........  1    1  0   1    0    0  0   0    1

 Sep 24, 2005 at Kentucky............  7   36  0  16    1    8  0   8   44

 Oct  1, 2005 at Alabama Crimson Tide  2    7  0   6    0    0  0   0    7

 Oct 08, 2005 MISSISSIPPI STATE......  2   16  0  13    0    0  0   0   16

 Oct 15, 2005 at LSU.................  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0

 Oct 29, 2005 vs Georgia.............  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0

 Nov 05, 2005 VANDERBILT.............  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0

 Nov 12, 2005 at South Carolina......  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0

 Nov 26, 2005 FLORIDA STATE..........  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0

 Totals.............................. 20   96  0  16    1    8  0   8  104



 Games played: 10

 Avg per rush: 4.8

 Avg per catch: 8.0

 All purpose avg/game: 10.4

 Total offense avg/gm: 9.6



2004



                                     |---RUSHING---|  |--RECEIVING--|     All

 Date         Opponent               No.  Yds TD  Lg  No.  Yds TD  Lg    Purp

 Sep 11, 2004 EASTERN MICHIGAN....... 11   36  1   9    0    0  0   0      36

 Sep 18, 2004 at Tennessee...........  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0       0

 Sep 25, 2004 KENTUCKY...............  6   31  0  15    0    0  0   0      31

 Oct 02, 2004 ARKANSAS...............  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0       0

 Oct 09, 2004 LSU....................  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0       0

 Oct 23, 2004 at Mississippi State...  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0       0

 Oct 30, 2004 vs GEORGIA.............  5   34  0  13    1    9  0   9      43

 Nov 6, 2004  at Vanderbilt..........  4    8  0   4    0    0  0   0       8

 Nov 13, 2004 SOUTH CAROLINA......... 13   55  0  11    1    9  0   9      64

 Nov 20, 2004 at Florida State.......  8   46  0  16    2    8  0   9      54

 Dec 31, 2004 vs Miami Hurricanes....  8   20  0  10    1   22  0  22      42

 Totals.............................. 55  230  1  16    5   48  0  22     278



 Games played: 11

 Avg per rush: 4.2

 Avg per catch: 9.6

 All purpose avg/game: 25.3

 Total offense avg/gm: 20.9

                                     

 Date         Opponent               Pts

 Sep 11, 2004 EASTERN MICHIGAN.......  6

 Sep 18, 2004 at Tennessee...........  0

 Sep 25, 2004 KENTUCKY...............  0

 Oct 02, 2004 ARKANSAS...............  0

 Oct 09, 2004 LSU....................  0

 Oct 23, 2004 at Mississippi State...  0

 Oct 30, 2004 vs GEORGIA.............  0

 Nov 6, 2004  at Vanderbilt..........  0

 Nov 13, 2004 SOUTH CAROLINA.........  0

 Nov 20, 2004 at Florida State.......  0

 Dec 31, 2004 vs Miami Hurricanes....  0

 Totals..............................  6



2003



                                     |---RUSHING---|  |--KICK RET--|   All

 Date         Opponent               No.  Yds TD  Lg  No  Yds TD  Lg  Purp

 Aug 30, 2003 SAN JOSE STATE.........  3   30  0  27   0    0  0   0    30

 Sep 06, 2003 at MIAMI Hurricanes....  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0

 Sep 13, 2003 FLORIDA A&M............  4   51  1  21   0    0  0   0    51

 Sep 20, 2003 TENNESSEE..............  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0

 Oct 04, 2003 OLEMISS................  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0

 Oct. 18      at Arkansas............  1   -1  0   0   0    0  0   0    -1

 Nov. 1       vs Georgia.............  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0

 Nov 08, 2003 VANDERBILT.............  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0

 Nov. 15      at South Carolina......  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0

 Nov 29, 2003 FLORIDA STATE..........  0    0  0   0   1    8  0   8     8

 Jan. 1       vs IOWA................  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0

 Totals..............................  8   80  1  27   1    8  0   8    88



 Games played: 11

 Avg per rush: 10.0

 Kick ret avg: 8.0

 All purpose avg/game: 8.0

 Total offense avg/gm: 7.3

                                     |---------TACKLES---------| 

 Date         Opponent               Solo  Ast  Total    TFL-Yds Pts

 Aug 30, 2003 SAN JOSE STATE.........   0    0      0    0.0-0     0

 Sep 06, 2003 at MIAMI Hurricanes....   0    0      0    0.0-0     0

 Sep 13, 2003 FLORIDA A&M............   0    0      0    0.0-0     6

 Sep 20, 2003 TENNESSEE..............   0    0      0    0.0-0     0

 Oct 04, 2003 OLEMISS................   0    0      0    0.0-0     0

 Oct. 18      at Arkansas............   0    0      0    0.0-0     0

 Nov. 1       vs Georgia.............   0    0      0    0.0-0     0

 Nov 08, 2003 VANDERBILT.............   0    1      1    0.0-0     0

 Nov. 15      at South Carolina......   1    0      1    0.0-0     0

 Nov 29, 2003 FLORIDA STATE..........   0    1      1    0.0-0     0

 Jan. 1       vs IOWA................   0    0      0    0.0-0     0

 Totals..............................   1    2      3    0.0-0     6

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