No job is too big or too small for Michael Thrower on the football field.
Now in his senior season at Lindsey Wilson College, Thrower is making a huge impact on special teams as his team has started the season 5-2 and 3-0 in MSC play.
Thrower is the Raiders’ holder on kicks and makes contributions on kick and punt coverage. While it’s not the same as when he was the starting quarterback for the Pioneers from 2008-10, Thrower is happy to be helping his team succeed.
“I’ve always wanted to do whatever it took to help my team win,” said Thrower. “The coaching staff told me they needed me on special teams and I’ve been working hard to make an impact.”
It was Thrower’s history of having the ball in his hands that gave his coaches the confidence he would be able to handle the holding duties. Thrower hasn’t let his coaches down as he has helped Raider kicker Caleb Keeton be perfect this season. Keeton has hit all three of his field goals and made 36 extra points.
Thrower has also been credited with three tackles on special teams this year for Lindsey Wilson, which enters its bye week ranked No. 17 in the latest NAIA poll. Lindsey Wilson resumes play Oct. 25 at home against Belhaven University.
Thrower caught two passes his freshman year and worked his way into a starting position by the end of his first year. His sophomore and junior years weren’t as eventful though. Thrower watched most games from the sidelines, hoping to make an impact but rarely getting the chance.
Still on the depth chart as a wide receiver, though he’s not caught a pass this season, Thrower has shown perseverance pays off.
Not getting to play never discouraged Thrower. Instead, he began looking for new ways to see the field and found a niche on special teams. His passion to play is something he hopes people remember about his career.
“Playing football has been all I’ve wanted to do from an early age,” said Thrower. “I’m glad I’ve had the opportunity to play in college and continue living my dream.”
He hopes current and future Pioneers follow in his footsteps.
“There’s nothing stopping Warren County players from making it to the next level,” said Thrower. “Cody Robinson is starting at Duke University now. I was fortunate enough to make it this far. It’s all about working hard and continuing to strive to be the best you can be.”
Thrower’s next step may be staying on the sidelines as a coach.
“My receivers coach has talked to me about coming back and helping next year,” said Thrower. “He thinks I would make a good coach one day.”
Thrower is set to graduate next year with a bachelor’s degree in sports management and a minor in business.