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Thomas Stuart named NorCal Offensive Player of the Year


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Former Calvert Hall QB set to lead Butte College in the Gridiron Classic for the Northern California Championship
Thomas StuartThomas Stuart, who threw 60 touchdown passes in two seasons as the quarterback for Calvert Hall and led the Cardinals to the 2010 MIAA A Conference football championship, is enjoying similar success on the college level.

On Wednesday, Stuart, who plays for Butte College in Oroville, Ca., was named the NorCal Conference Offensive Player of the Year.  Behind Stuart's leadership, Butte, the same school which produced NFL superstar Aaron Rodgers, is 10-0 and will play in the Gridiron Classic against Fresno City College, on Nov. 30, for the Northern California Championship.

Butte leads all California schools in points, averaging 52.8 per game, and has scored 70 touchdowns.  With Stuart directing the offense, the Roadrunners have set school records for rushing yards (3,075), points (528) and total offense (4,836).  He led the conference in passing accuracy, at 66%, and finished with 21 touchdown passes, against only three interceptions.

"Thanks go out to my teammates, coaches and all the people who believed in me over the years," said Stuart.

Stuart transferred to Calvert Hall prior to his junior year in high school, after failing to get a starting opportunity at Good Counsel.  He immediately took up a leadership role in the Cardinal offense and led the team to their first MIAA title in 2010.  He led the team back to the MIAA A Conference title game in 2011, but the Cardinals dropped a heart-breaking overtime decision to Gilman.

Despite his impressive credentials at Calvet Hall, Stuart did not get significant attention from BCS schools because of perceived smaller stature.  Stuart, who now stands 6-foot and weighs 195, elected to go the junior college rout to begin his collegiate career and initially committed to Santa Rosa College (CA).  Eventually, however, he sat out the 2012 season and ended up a Butte where he is a freshman in terms of eligibility.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:41)

 
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