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#56 Damian Thornton
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 240
Year: Senior
City/State: Lenoir, N.C.
High School: Hibriten
Damian Thornton Bio
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Updated: 07/21/2010
2010: Returning starting linebacker ... slated to start on the strong side ... one of the strongest members of the program ... brings great intensity and passion to the gridiron ... career totals include 68 tackles and 6.0 tackles for loss in 33 games with 11 starts ... enters final season having played 1,108 career snaps including 703 defensive plays ... ranked first on the team in the power clean lift (340 lbs.) and tied for first in the bench press (445 lbs.) in the post-spring practice testing.

2009: Played in all 12 games with 11 starts ... finished fourth on the team with 60 tackles ... added 6.0 tackles for loss, 0.5 quarterback sack and two quarterback pressures ... ranked tied for 37th in the ACC in tackles per game (5.0) ... carded a career-high 10 tackles against Virginia Tech ... had eight stops including 2.5 behind the line of scrimmage and first career sack in win over Maryland.

2008: Played in all 12 games, primarily on special teams ... finished with six tackles on the year ... registered single-game tackles against James Madison, Virginia, Miami, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and North Carolina ... played 160 total snaps, including 148 on special teams and 12 on defense.

2007: Played in the final nine games of the season on special teams ... recorded one tackle at both Miami and North Carolina ... played a total of 102 snaps on the season.

Prior to Duke: Three-year letterman at Hibriten under Chuck Cannon ... received all-county and all-conference honors as a senior after recording 217 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, three sacks and 14 quarterback pressures ... posted 135 tackles with 10 tackles for loss and four sacks as a junior ... helped squad to state playoff berths in both 2005 and 2006 ... also participated in basketball, wrestling and track and field.

Personal: Son of Howard and Mary Pearson ... both parents played basketball at Lees-McRae ... born June 26, 1989 ... double majoring in African/African American Studies and Sociology.
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