2006 ALL-CONFERENCE USA CANDIDATE
CONFERENCE USA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Started 10 of 11 games at linebacker...Led Herd with 104 total tackles and 10 TFL...Made 60 solo stops and added four sacks...Made 11 tackles, including five solo stops, in the Herd's 36-24 season-opening win over William & Mary on Sept. 1...Turned in 13 tackles (12 solo) along with a pair of TFL and sacks at UCF on Sept. 24...Recorded a team-high 20 tackles in a thrilling 20-19 Homecoming win over UAB on Oct 15...Earned Conference USA Co-Defensive Player of the Week for Oct. 31 after a career-high six TFL along with a pair of sacks and nine tackles at Tulane...Added 14 tackles against East Carolina Nov. 19.
2004 (Sophomore): Saw action in 10 games, primarily as a special teams player and recorded 18 tackles...Credited with a season-high five tackles and recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown in the win over Buffalo...Had seven solo stops...Recorded a sack for a loss of eight yards against Troy.
Saw action in 10 games, primarily as a special teams player and recorded 18 tackles ... credited with a season-high five tackles and recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown in the win over Buffalo ... had seven solo stops ... recorded a sack for a loss of eight yards against Troy.
2003 (Redshirt Freshman):
Saw action in all 12 games as a reserve linebacker and special teams performer ... recorded three solo tackles at Kansas State and was named Marshall's special teams player of the week following the historic win over then-6th ranked and eventual Big 12 Champion Wildcats ... finished the season with 21 total tackles and 14 solo stops ... recorded a season-high seven tackles against Buffalo and Western Michigan ...forced a fumble in the Herd's win over Akron ... credited with a pass break-up in the Western Michigan game.
Did not see playing time.
Prior to Marshall:
Played for Lonnie Messich at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. ... was a three-year letter winner for coach Tim Coleman at Spotsylvania High ... also lettered in basketball and track ... was named MVP of the state semifinals game as a sophomore ... was All-District on both sides of the ball as a junior and was named offensive player of the year ... repeated as All-District both ways as a senior ... named player of the year and honorable mention all-state.
Full name is Dennis Lee Thornton ... born on November 11, 1982 in Hollywood, Calif. ... son of Medina Banks-Thornton and the late Dennis Thornton, Sr. ... has three brothers and sisters, Christina (19), Joseph (15), and Samantha (13). Has a daughter, Danijah Moze' Thornton, born on October 7, 2000 ... lists spending time with his daughter and writing poetry as his hobbies ... majoring in social work.