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Red Grange winner

North’s Thorson honored prior to leaving for Northwestern

Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 4:21 p.m. CDT
(Erica Benson - ebenson@shawmedia.com)
Wheaton North quarterback Clayton Thorson receives the Red Grange Trophy from Glenn Heck during the annual Red Grange Award ceremony June 10 at the DuPage Heritage Gallery.

WHEATON – Before starting the next chapter of his football career in less than a week, recent Wheaton North graduate Clayton Thorson netted one last high school award.

The quarterback received the Red Grange Award on June 10 at the DuPage Heritage Gallery. A year ago, fellow Falcons QB John Peltz was selected.

"It is definitely a big honor with Red Grange being a pretty big name in Wheaton obviously," Thorson said. "You have Red Grange Field at Wheaton Warrenville South and we know the player he was; ESPN ranked him as the best college football player of all time. I know so many other prestigious people have gotten this so it is such a big honor."

The award put the finishing touches on an outstanding high school career, both athletically and academically. He ended with a 4.9 GPA on a five-point scale.

"God blessed me with talent on the athletic side," he said, "and academically, I felt I did well. High school was a great experience."

The Northwestern recruit, who is currently working out and throwing, will depart Sunday for Evanston, where he will begin workouts as well as classes in sociology and public speaking. Each class will be four days a week.

"I'm pretty excited," he said. "It will be an awesome experience."

The first order of business is soaking up as much information as possible.

"Obviously being a freshman, I have a lot to learn," Thorson said. "I want to take good notes and learn from the guys ahead of me and the older guys, in terms of what it means to be a Northwestern football player and a quarterback at Northwestern. I'm looking forward to having a good year and hopefully the season goes well."

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Big number

2,809: Yards passed for by Clayton Thorson during his senior season at Wheaton North. The QB tossed 29 touchdowns and rushed for 12 more.

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