Ed Odeven Reporting

This feature appeared in the Arizona Daily Sun.

Headline: A humble leader

Nov. 10, 2004

By Ed Odeven

Many football players would brag about making a game-high 17 tackles. That’s just not Jeremy Thornburg’s style.

A soft-spoken, hard-hitting strong safety, Thornburg is driven to play what he calls “the perfect football game.” His 17-tackle outing against the Montana Grizzlies last Saturday wasn’t perfect.

Here’s the Northern Arizona senior’s explanation:

“I had 22 chances to make tackles, and I missed five.”

The personal assessment continues.

“After the Montana game, people came up to me like, ‘Great job, 17 tackles.’ But I was disappointed because I missed five tackles, you know,” he added. “That was my season high in tackles and missed tackles.”

In a season of ups and downs, Thornburg has been the steady anchor for the Lumberjack secondary. He leads the team with 76 tackles (37 solo stops), has broken…

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