The Kevin Thomson Period is over.
And at Washington, no less than, it by no means actually started.
On Tuesday afternoon, Thomson — a graduate pupil quarterback from Auburn — introduced on social media that he’ll forgo his eighth and last season of collegiate eligibility to pursue an expert future. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound dual-threat quarterback transferred to UW from Sacramento State final offseason however didn’t seem within the Huskies’ 4 video games.
On Instagram, Thomson wrote that his intensive school profession consisted of “6 seasons, 5 teaching staffs, 3 universities and numerous relationships and reminiscences that I’ll at all times cherish. I want to thank UNLV, Sacramento State and the College of Washington for permitting me to signify their college as a pupil athlete. I might additionally wish to thank each individual that I’ve met and interacted with alongside the way in which. You all made this journey a particular one and I’m past grateful for each one in every of you.
“I’ve determined to forgo what’s in some way my eighth 12 months of eligibility as a way to pursue my dream of taking part in professionally. I’m excited for the subsequent chapter and grateful for every little thing that has occurred!”
A heck of so much has occurred. The Auburn Riverside Excessive Faculty alum initially signed with UNLV in 2014, then underwent Tommy John surgical procedure a 12 months later. He rehabbed for almost two years, transferred to Sacramento State, earned the beginning job and made probably the most of his alternative.
Specifically, Thomson threw for 3,216 yards with 27 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 12 video games at Sacramento State in 2019, whereas dashing for 619 yards and a team-best 12 dashing touchdowns. He was named Huge Sky Offensive Participant of the Yr and an FCS All-American, and completed third for the Walter Payton Award — which honors the highest offensive participant within the FCS.
After arriving in Seattle this summer time, Thomson — who earned additional eligibility resulting from his harm historical past — competed with redshirt freshman Dylan Morris, redshirt sophomore Jacob Sirmon and true freshman Ethan Garbers for the Huskies’ beginning spot, earlier than a shoulder harm derailed his progress.
And, since NCAA eligibility has basically been paused in 2020, Thomson may have conceivably returned for an eighth season subsequent fall. However, with a longtime starter returning (Morris) and a five-star freshman signing (Sam Huard), there have been restricted alternatives to earn extra common reps.
As an alternative, Thomson — who, remarkably, launched into a university profession one 12 months earlier than UW standout Jake Browning — has chosen to finish a chapter that lasted longer than anybody anticipated. However he’s keen to wager it isn’t the top of his ebook.