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Tom K. Sorley of Big Spring, Texas is a former University of Nebraska Cornhusker quarterback. An All-State quarterback at Big Spring High School, Sorley quarterbacked the Huskers to a 27-9-1 record and wins in two bowl games.

Big Spring, Texas City in Texas, United States

Big Spring is a city in and the county seat of Howard County, Texas, United States, at the crossroads of U.S. Highway 87 and Interstate 20. With a population of 27,282 as of the 2010 census, it is the largest city between Midland to the west, Abilene to the east, Lubbock to the north, and San Angelo to the south. Big Spring was established as the county seat of Howard County in 1882; it is the largest community in the county.

Quarterback position in gridiron football

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Big Spring High School is a public high school located in Big Spring, Texas and classified as a 4A Division I school by the University Interscholastic League (UIL). It is part of the Big Spring Independent School District located in north central Howard County. The high school building was dedicated on March 23, 1952. The dedication address was given by J.W. Edgar, State Commissioner of Education. This was the first new high school built in 35 years, and the third in the districts history. In 2015, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.

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College career

Sorley began is college career in 1974 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln during the tenure of head coach Tom Osborne. As quarterback Sorley was team captain and completed 57.2 percent of his passes (148-256) from 1976–1978, which is ninth on the Nebraska's all-time completion percentage list. Sorley holds seventh for Nebraska single-season passing yards (1,571) in 1978, [1] and is thirteenth for NU career passing yards (2,230) during 1976-78. [2] He quarterbacked the Huskers to a 27-9-1 record and wins in two bowl games. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Business in 1979.

Tom Osborne American football player and coach, college athletics administrator, politician

Thomas William Osborne is a former American football player, coach, college athletics administrator, and politician from Nebraska. He served as head football coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers for 25 years, from 1973 to 1997. Osborne was one of the most successful coaches in American college football history, with a career record of 255–49–3 (.836), 13 conference championships, and three national championships. Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1999, Osborne was elected to Congress in 2000 from Nebraska's third district as a Republican. He served three terms (2001–2007), returned to the University of Nebraska as athletic director (AD) in 2007, and retired in January 2013.

1978 statistics

Passing: 174 attempts, 102 completions, 7 interceptions (.584) for 1,571 yards, 7 TDs.

NU Top NCAA Pass Rating (min. 15 att.):

9. Rating: 212.0, Tom Sorley, QB, vs. Kansas St., Oct. 14, 1978 (16-11-1/218/2)

Bowl games

Sorley led Nebraska to a 17-14 upset of the #1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners during the 1978 regular season. Following a shocking loss to Missouri the following week, the Cornhuskers were paired in a rare season rematch in the January 1, 1979 Orange Bowl game. Nebraska jumped out to a 7-0 lead on 21-yard pass from Sorley to split end Tim Smith, but lost 31-24.

The 1979 edition of the Orange Bowl was played on Monday, January 1 in Miami, Florida, and featured the #6 Nebraska Cornhuskers and the #4 Oklahoma Sooners, both of the Big Eight Conference.

Sorley played in the 21-10 Nebraska victory over North Carolina in the 1977 Liberty Bowl [3] and the 1979 Olympia Challenge Bowl in Seattle, Washington which paired a group of Big 8 all-stars against their Pac-10 counterparts. [4]

Liberty Bowl

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Honors

Sorley is a 1977 Academic All-American, a 1978 Academic All Big 8 First Team, a 1987 Academic All-Big 8 Conference selection and 1977 and 1978 AP All Big 8 quarterback Honorable Mention, and 1987 Cornhusker team captain. [5] He was named ABC-TV Player of the game and Nebraska Player of the Week against 1977 Oklahoma State and against 1978 Hawaii. [6] [7]

Post-football career and life

Sorley is currently President/CEO of Rosendin Electric, Inc., located in San Jose, CA, the largest independent electrical contractor in the U.S. and the fifth largest electrical contractor overall. Active in industry affairs, Sorley serves on several joint IBEW/NECA committees and serves on the Board for the SF Bay Area Boy Scouts of America, National Board for the Design Build Institute of America, and the National Board for Building Futures Council. [8]

Rosendin Electric is an electrical contractor headquartered in San Jose, California, with more than 6,000 employees nationwide and an annual revenue of approximately $2 Billion. Branch offices are located in San Francisco, Sacramento and Los Angeles, CA, Tempe, AZ, Hillsboro, OR, Las Vegas, NV, Sterling, VA, and most recently, Baltimore, MD.

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