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Khyri Thornton
DT #94
Height:
6-3
Weight:
304
Age:
24
College:
Southern Mississippi
Experience:
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Biography

CAREER Highlights

  • Was selected by Green Bay with the No. 85 overall pick, the first of two selections by the Packers in the third round, making him the highest-drafted defensive end from Southern Mississippi since Richard Byrd was picked in the second round (No. 36 overall) by the Houston Oilers in 1985.
  • Played in 50 games with 28 starts for the Golden Eagles and registered 116 tackles (58 solo), including 30 tackles for a loss, 5½ sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, an interception and three passes defensed.
  • Earned second-team All-Conference USA honors and was a finalist for the Conerly Trophy, which is given to the state’s top collegiate player, as a senior in 2013.
  • Was voted a team captain for the 2013 season, one that saw him register 39 tackles (23 solo), including 6½ tackles for a loss, and a half-sack.
  • Played in the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) Collegiate Bowl following the ’13 season.
  • Appeared in 12 games with 10 starts as a junior in 2012 and registered 36 tackles (23 solo), including a career-best 9½ tackles for a loss, a sack, an interception, a forced fumble and two passes defensed.
  • Played in 14 games with seven starts as a sophomore in ’11 and posted 24 tackles (12 solo), including nine tackles for a loss, 1½ sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
  • Was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team in 2010 after recording 17 tackles (six solo), including five tackles for a loss, and a career-high 2½ sacks.
  • Attended Bay High School in Panama City, Fla., where he was named to the Orlando Sentinel Top 100 team and played in the North-South Football All-Star Classic.
  • Earned his degree in criminal justice at Southern Mississippi.

HIGH SCHOOL

Attended Bay High School in Panama City, Fla., where he was a defensive lineman and fullback…Was named to the Orlando Sentinel Top 100 team and played in the North-South Football All-Star Classic as a senior…Was ranked the No. 20 defensive tackle in 2008 by ESPN…Posted 49 tackles (46 solo), two sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery during his senior campaign…Also rushed for 678 yards and 10 TDs and added two catches for 37 yards (18.5 avg.) and a TD…In addition to lettering all four years in football, lettered three times in basketball and twice in track.


PERSONAL

Given name Khyri Jerome Thornton…Born in Panama City, Fla. …Single…His cousin, T.J. Lowder, plays WR at Florida International and attended the same high school as he did…Volunteered at the DuBard School in Hattiesburg, Miss., working with special-needs children…Also spoke to high-school and middle-school students while he was in college…Worked construction while he was in high school…Enjoys playing video games, cards and basketball…Lists LeBron James, Darnell Dockett and Geno Atkins as his favorite athletes…Enjoys watching The Boondocks, Futurama and Duck Dynasty…Names Tears of a Tiger as his favorite book, Transformers as his favorite movie and T.I. as his favorite recording artist…Residence: Panama City, Fla.

CAREER Highlights

  • Was selected by Green Bay with the No. 85 overall pick, the first of two selections by the Packers in the third round, making him the highest-drafted defensive end from Southern Mississippi since Richard Byrd was picked in the second round (No. 36 overall) by the Houston Oilers in 1985.
  • Played in 50 games with 28 starts for the Golden Eagles and registered 116 tackles (58 solo), including 30 tackles for a loss, 5½ sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, an interception and three passes defensed.
  • Earned second-team All-Conference USA honors and was a finalist for the Conerly Trophy, which is given to the state’s top collegiate player, as a senior in 2013.
  • Was voted a team captain for the 2013 season, one that saw him register 39 tackles (23 solo), including 6½ tackles for a loss, and a half-sack.
  • Played in the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) Collegiate Bowl following the ’13 season.
  • Appeared in 12 games with 10 starts as a junior in 2012 and registered 36 tackles (23 solo), including a career-best 9½ tackles for a loss, a sack, an interception, a forced fumble and two passes defensed.
  • Played in 14 games with seven starts as a sophomore in ’11 and posted 24 tackles (12 solo), including nine tackles for a loss, 1½ sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
  • Was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team in 2010 after recording 17 tackles (six solo), including five tackles for a loss, and a career-high 2½ sacks.
  • Attended Bay High School in Panama City, Fla., where he was named to the Orlando Sentinel Top 100 team and played in the North-South Football All-Star Classic.
  • Earned his degree in criminal justice at Southern Mississippi.

HIGH SCHOOL

Attended Bay High School in Panama City, Fla., where he was a defensive lineman and fullback…Was named to the Orlando Sentinel Top 100 team and played in the North-South Football All-Star Classic as a senior…Was ranked the No. 20 defensive tackle in 2008 by ESPN…Posted 49 tackles (46 solo), two sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery during his senior campaign…Also rushed for 678 yards and 10 TDs and added two catches for 37 yards (18.5 avg.) and a TD…In addition to lettering all four years in football, lettered three times in basketball and twice in track.


PERSONAL

Given name Khyri Jerome Thornton…Born in Panama City, Fla. …Single…His cousin, T.J. Lowder, plays WR at Florida International and attended the same high school as he did…Volunteered at the DuBard School in Hattiesburg, Miss., working with special-needs children…Also spoke to high-school and middle-school students while he was in college…Worked construction while he was in high school…Enjoys playing video games, cards and basketball…Lists LeBron James, Darnell Dockett and Geno Atkins as his favorite athletes…Enjoys watching The Boondocks, Futurama and Duck Dynasty…Names Tears of a Tiger as his favorite book, Transformers as his favorite movie and T.I. as his favorite recording artist…Residence: Panama City, Fla.