Herschel Thornton Ready To Make Gopher Debut

Herschel Thornton, a 6-foot-2, 213-pound junior college transfer from Lackawanna (PA) CC, attended the Minnesota spring game. Thornton signed with the Gophers in February and plans to enroll this summer with the hopes of earning a starting safety spot this fall. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Thornton to learn about his expectations about becoming a Gopher.

Herschel Thornton helped lead Lackawanna to a 5-4 mark last season. He will join Dwight Tillman, who also signed in February and will play with former college teammate Jeff Wills, who started at right tackle and tight end Tiree Eure, who inked with the Gophers in December.

Thornton thinks that playing two years at the junior coIlege level will help step in quickly as opposed to a typical freshman.

"I think that it helped me develop," Thornton said. "It helped me mature on and off the field. It helped me to basically know myself better than I did before. At 18, you really don't know your strengths, your negatives or your positives. It just helped me look at the game differently."

Thornton thinks that having several familiar faces will also help his adjustment to Minnesota.

"It helps you get more comfortable on the field," Thornton said. "It helps you relax. It helps you on the field and makes you comfortable."

Thornton doesn't have any expectations on his role for this fall, but is willing to do whatever is necessary to get on the field.

"I just want to come in and give it my all," Thornton said. "If I get the starting spot, that is good, but just come in and give it my all and see what happens.

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