2017 NFL Draft

Ronnie Thornton, ILB

School: Southern Mississippi  |  Conference: C-USA
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Miami, FL
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 244 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
Latest News
12/16/2011 - 2011 CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): LB-Ronnie Thornton, Sr., Southern Miss, has been selected All-Conference USA Honorable Mention for the 2011 college football season as selected by the league's 12 head football coaches. - Southern Miss football

08/26/2011 - Southern Miss, as a football program, is about consistency. The Golden Eagles have achieved two streaks that would make almost any other program in the nation envious 17 straight winning seasons and nine straight bowl games. The question as it has been for the past few years, trying the patience of Golden Eagles fans is when will Southern Miss be good enough to get back to the Conference USA title. Despite the program's success, Southern Miss hasn't won a league title since 2003. If the Golden Eagles are going to get over the hump, it's going to depend on the improvement of their defense. New defensive coordinator Dan Disch is installing a 4-2-5 defense from the 4-3 parts on the roster. That unit will have to acclimate to a new scheme and improve from what it did last season. The return of leading tackler Korey Williams, a linebacker, should help. "We're going to the 4-2-5 scheme and that enables us to get another athlete on the field," Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora told the Hattiesburg American. "Everybody can throw it and they're going to try to spread you out and create problems. We're trying to get extra athletes on the field and it enables you to go from a 4-3 to a 3-4 with the same personnel. I think there's a lot of anticipation for our defense this year." - The Sports Xchange


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