2004 (Fr.) -- Redshirted; he did not see any action but practiced at cornerback the entire fall. He was the Scout Team Defense Player of the Week for two games (Colorado State, Kansas State).
HIGH SCHOOL -- A two-way player and three-year starter at quarterback, he was a first-team all-state captain (Detroit Free Press) and first-team all-region quarterback (Redford Observer) his senior year, when he was awarded team MVP honors. PrepStar named him to its preseason all-Midwest squad, while he garnered first-team all-Metro West honors at quarterback by the Detroit News and first-team all-Mega Conference accolades as a senior and junior. A team captain his junior season, he also earned all-state honorable mention notice (DFP) and second team all-metro west honors; he made the second team all-conference list as a sophomore. As a senior, he broke eight school records, including all-time pass attempts (278), season pass completions (69), career completions (139), season passing yards (1,394), career passing touchdowns (22), season passing touchdowns (13), season all-purpose yards (2,162) and career all-purpose yards (3,902). That year, he threw for 1,394 yards and 13 scores on 69-of-125 passing, with eight interceptions. On the ground, he rushed for 768 yards and 11 touchdowns on 125 attempts, with a long run of 66 yards. During his junior campaign, he threw for 855 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, while he also carried the ball 99 times for 421 yards and nine touchdowns. At cornerback where he played three games his senior year, he totaled 52 tackles (22 solo), two stuffs for loss, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and 17 pass deflections. As a junior, he did not play much on defense, but still managed to compile two interceptions and five pass breakups. His sophomore year, he racked up six interceptions and 35 pass deflections, as he also blocked a punt in the end zone to score his first career touchdown. Top games: in a 42-27 loss to Trenton his junior season, he completed 13-of-24 passes for 289 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for 124 yards and one TD; against Wyandotte (a 42-31 win) his senior season, he was 22-of-36 for 356 yards and four touchdowns, adding 79 yards on the ground and one score, with an interception and forced fumble on defense; and in a 47-0 win against Redford Union as a senior, he finished with 273 yards passing and three touchdowns, while rushing for 156 yards and two TDs. Under coach Bob Snell, Thurston was 8-2 his senior year (second in conference), 8-2 his junior season (conference champs) and 5-4 his sophomore year. He also lettered twice in basketball at small forward, as he averaged 12 points, six rebounds and four steals per game as a junior. That same year, he played baseball for the first time in his life, earning a letter in leading Thurston with 35 stolen bases. He lettered in track for the first time as a senior (sprints, relays).
ACADEMICS -- He is undecided on his major at Colorado. He was an honor roll student with a 3.0 grade point average in high school.
PERSONAL -- He was born February 10, 1986 in Detroit, Mich. Hobbies include lifting weights, video games and studying the game of football, especially on film. He also spends much of his free time refereeing youth basketball. An uncle (Grady Burton) played quarterback with the N.Y. Jets during the late 1970s. His father’s best friend is John “Frenchy” Fuqua, the Pittsburgh Steeler who was the original target of Terry Bradshaw on the “Immaculate Reception” play against Oakland in 1972. He has lost six lose friends to tragic circumstances since 2002.