Thomas Sperbeck

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Thomas Sperbeck
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Sperbeck at 2016 Mountain West Media Days
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1994-10-21) October 21, 1994 (age 24)
Carmichael, California
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school: Carmichael (CA) Jesuit
College: Boise State
Undrafted: 2017
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards

Thomas Sperbeck (born October 21, 1994) is an American football wide receiver. He played college football for the Boise State Broncos. [1] He is the all-time leader in receiving yards in Boise State history.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, the team with possession of the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with the ball or passing it, while the defense, the team without possession of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs or plays; if they fail, they turn over the football to the defense, but if they succeed, they are given a new set of four downs to continue the drive. Points are scored primarily by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

A wide receiver, also referred to as wideouts or simply receivers, is an offensive position in American and Canadian football, and is a key player. They get their name because they are split out "wide", farthest away from the rest of the team. Wide receivers are among the fastest players on the field. The wide receiver functions as the pass-catching specialist.

Boise State Broncos football

The Boise State Broncos football program represents Boise State University in college football and competes in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) as a member of the Mountain West Conference. The Broncos play their home games on campus at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho, and their head coach is Bryan Harsin. The program is 12–6 in bowl games since 1999, including a 3–0 record in the Fiesta Bowl.

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Early life

Thomas grew up in Carmichael, California and attended Jesuit High School in the Sacramento area. At Jesuit, he led the team in passing, rushing, tackles and scoring and therefore was named on the MaxPreps All-Sac-Joaquin Section First Team, Sacramento Bee All-Metro First Team on offense, and was Sac-Joaquin Section Delta River All-Purpose Player of the Year. He completed 57/156 passes for 1,049 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also rushed for 932 yards and 9 touchdowns. On defense, Thomas had 69 tackles (40 solo). [1]

Carmichael, California Census designated place in California, United States

Carmichael is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sacramento County, California, United States. It is a suburb in the Greater Sacramento metropolitan area. The population was 61,762 at the 2010 census.

California U.S. state in the United States

California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents across a total area of about 163,696 square miles (423,970 km2), California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second- and fifth-most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 9.7 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second-most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The City and County of San Francisco is both the country's second-most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth-most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs.

Jesuit High School (Sacramento) Catholic high school in Sacramento

Jesuit High School of Sacramento is a Catholic high school in the Sacramento suburb of Arden-Arcade, California, which enrolls about 1,000 young men from throughout greater Sacramento Valley in California.

Sperbeck was considered a two-star pick by Scout.com. He was ranked 115th in his position. Thomas ran a 40-yard dash time of 4.44. [2]

Scout Media is an integrated sports publishing company that produces Internet content covering hundreds of professional and college teams across America. In 2013, Fox Sports sold Scout to North American Membership Group which later rebranded to Scout Media. Scout filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in December 2016 and was then acquired by CBS in February 2017 for $9.5 million after submitting the only bid for the bankrupt company.

The 40-yard dash is a sprint covering 40 yards (36.58 m). It is primarily run to evaluate the speed and acceleration of American football players by scouts, particularly for the NFL Draft but also for collegiate recruiting. A player's recorded time can have a heavy impact on his prospects in college or professional football. This was traditionally only true for the "skill" positions such as running back, wide receiver, and defensive back, although now a fast 40-yard dash time is considered important for almost every position. The 40-yard dash is not an official race in track and field athletics, and is not an IAAF-recognized race.

College career

2013

Sperbeck began his freshman year redshirting the first three games. His redshirt was removed and appeared in eight of the final nine games for the season, missing a contest due to a sprained ankle, [3] and catching 5 passes for 40 yards, including a season-high two receptions in a game vs BYU, as well as a 17-yard reception against Oregon State in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl on December 24. The former high school quarterback attempted a pass against Utah State but under threw his receiver which resulted in an interception. [1] [4]

Redshirt, in United States college athletics, is a delay or suspension of an athlete's participation to lengthen their period of eligibility. Typically, a student's athletic eligibility in a given sport is four seasons, aligning with the four years of academic classes typically required to earn a bachelor's degree at an American college or university. However, in a redshirt year, student athletes may attend classes at the college or university, practice with an athletic team, and "suit up" for play – but they may compete in only a limited number of games,. Using this mechanism, a student athlete has at most five academic years to use the four years of eligibility, thus becoming what is termed a fifth-year senior.

BYU Cougars football

The BYU Cougars football team is the college football program representing Brigham Young University (BYU), a private university owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Cougars began collegiate football competition in 1922, and have won 23 conference championships and one national championship in 1984. The team has competed in several different athletic conferences during its history, but since July 1, 2011, they have competed as an Independent. The team plays home games at the 63,470-seat LaVell Edwards Stadium, which is named after legendary head coach LaVell Edwards. LaVell Edwards won 19 conference championships, seven bowl games, and one national championship (1984) while coaching at BYU, and is regarded as the most successful coach in BYU program history.

Oregon State University Public university in Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Oregon State University (OSU) is a public research university in Corvallis, Oregon. The university offers more than 200 undergraduate degree programs along with a variety of graduate and doctoral degrees. It is also the largest university in the state, with a total enrollment exceeding 28,000. More than 230,000 students have graduated from OSU since its founding. The Carnegie Foundation designates Oregon State University as a "Community Engagement" university and classifies it as a doctoral university with a status of "Highest research activity".

2014

In the 2014 season Thomas appeared in 14 games and started 8, he led the team with 877 receiving yards, was second on the team with 51 catches and tied for third with 3 receiving touchdowns. Thomas made his first collegiate start at Nevada, catching three passes for 51 yards. He also threw his first career touchdown pass that season, to quarterback Grant Hedrick for the game-winning touchdown against Fresno State. Sperbeck scored his first-career touchdown catch in win over BYU on October 24. Thomas Sperbeck ended the season with a high-note, catching 12 passes for 199 yards and being named the Offensive MVP of the Fiesta Bowl in a 38-30 win over Arizona. [1] [5]

Quarterback Position in gridiron football

The quarterback, colloquially known as the "signal caller", is a position in American and Canadian football. Quarterbacks are members of the offensive team and line up directly behind the offensive line. In modern American football, the quarterback is usually considered the leader of the offensive team, and is often responsible for calling the play in the huddle. The quarterback also touches the ball on almost every offensive play, and is the offensive player that almost always throws forward passes.

Touchdown pass

In gridiron football, a touchdown pass is a pass thrown from the passer to a receiver that results in a touchdown being scored. The pass can either be caught in the end zone itself, resulting in an immediate touchdown, or in the field of play, followed by the receiver carrying the ball into the endzone himself for the score. Either way, the quarterback is credited in his statistics with the touchdown pass.

California State University, Fresno university

California State University, Fresno is a public university in Fresno, California. It is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. The university had a Fall 2016 enrollment of 24,405 students. It offers bachelor's degrees in 60 areas of study, 45 master's degrees, 3 doctoral degrees, 12 certificates of advanced study, and 2 different teaching credentials.

2015

In 2015, Thomas set Boise State's single-season record for receiving yards against Air Force on November 20, passing Titus Young's 2010 record of 1,215 receiving yards, on his way to 1,412 yards receiving. He ended the season with 88 receptions for 1,412 yards, averaging 16.0 a catch. [6] Thomas Sperbeck ended his career-best season with a 55-7 rout of Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl. He had six catches for 78 yards in the game. [1] [7] Additionally, he had a juggling, one-handed catch against Wyoming which won him the Yahoo! Sports Catch of the Year contest. [8]

Air Force Falcons football American football team

The Air Force Falcons football program represents the United States Air Force Academy in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision level. Air Force has been a member of the Mountain West Conference since its founding in 1999. The Falcons play their home games at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Troy Calhoun has been the team's head coach since 2007.

Northern Illinois Huskies football

The Northern Illinois Huskies football team are a college football program representing Northern Illinois University (NIU) in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of college football. NIU football plays its home games at Huskie Stadium on the campus of the Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

The 2015 Poinsettia Bowl was a college football bowl game that was played on December 23, 2015 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. Boise State Broncos from the Mountain West Conference defeated the Northern Illinois Huskies from the Mid-American Conference. It was one of the 2015–16 bowl games that concluded the 2015 FBS football season. The game started at 1:30 p.m. PST and was televised on ESPN. Sponsored by San Diego County Credit Union, the game is officially known as the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

College statistics

YearTeamGamesRecYardsAvgLongRec TDs
2013 Boise State 85408.0170
2014 Boise State 145187717.2513
2015 Boise State 13881,41216.0858
2016 Boise State 13801,27215.9549
College Totals482243,60116.18520

Professional career

Sperbeck signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent on May 1, 2017. [9] He was waived/injured on July 30, 2017 and placed on injured reserve. [10] On August 3, 2017, the Buccaneers waived Sperbeck from injured reserve. [11]

On May 17, 2018, Sperbeck re-signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. [12] He was waived/injured by the team on May 23, 2018 and was placed on injured reserve. [13]

Personal life

Thomas is the son of former University of Nevada quarterback and former coach Marshall Sperbeck. [14]

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