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#4 Thomas O'Brien
Position: Quarterback
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 205
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Winona, Minn.
High School: Cotter H.S.
Major: Political Science
Experience: 1 Letter
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Thomas has started 17 games at quarterback over the past two seasons ... enters 2011 season 64 passing yards away from moving into Jackrabbit career top 10

Took every snap at quarterback, finishing the year with the ninth-most passing yards in a season by a Jackrabbit with 2,236 ... completed at least 12 passes in every game and tallied 20 or more completions five times ... was a combined 44-for-73 passing for 592 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions during three-game winning streak in October ... ended streak by going 14-for-25 for 283 yards and two touchdowns in Hobo Day victory over Youngstown State ... was named team's Offensive Player of the Week after going 20-of-30 passing for 204 yards and a touchdown versus Missouri State ... threw career-long 68-yard touchdown pass to Tyrel Kool against North Dakota State ... recipient of Missouri Valley Football Conference Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award and named to MVFC Honor Roll

Earned a spot on the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team after leading SDSU in passing yards (1,448) and touchdown passes (11) ... posted a 4-2 record as the starter ... tallied double figures for completions in final eight appearances of the season ... threw 5-yard touchdown pass on second collegiate attempt in season opener against Georgia Southern ... in three October starts, went 3-0 against league competition and was not intercepted ... completed 14-of-21 attempts for 211 yards and two touchdowns in first start, at Missouri State ... top performance came against nationally ranked Northern Iowa in Hobo Day game, when he completed 26-of-37 passes for 285 yards and a pair of touchdowns ... started the final three games after coming off the bench against Southern Illinois in early November ... threw season-high three touchdown passes in Football Championship Subdivision playoff game at Montana

Redshirted ... completed 9-of-14 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown in spring game

Was a prized recruit at quarterback hailing from Winona Cotter High School, where he set a single-season conference record with 35 touchdown passes a as a senior ... career totals included 5,505 passing yards and 69 touchdowns, ... earned all-area and honorable mention all-state honors two times ... compiled a 12-0 pitching record with a .397 batting average on the diamond as a prep sophomore ... was 5-2 on the mound as a senior in leading Cotter to a third-place state tourney finish ... also played on a conference-champion basketball team ... honor student