Tyler Thigpen, who was also the Big South Conference Offensive Player of the Year and finished seventh in the balloting for the Walter Payton Award, ranked second in the Football Championship Subdivision with 329.3 ypg of total offense, while being fourth nationally with 274.7 passing yards per game after leading Coastal to its third consecutive Big South title and first-ever berth in the NCAA Division I Football Championships. The first-ever Big South player to be nominated for the Payton Award and a 2006 American Football Coaches Association All-American and Associated Press First Team All-American, he set nine Conference season records in 2006 in total offense (3,952), total offense per game (329.3), passing yards (3,296), touchdown passes (29), passing yards per game (274.7), passing efficiency (167.42), 300-yard passing games (5), 300-total yard games (9) and rushing yards by a quarterback (656). He was named Player of the Week four times this season and became the first Big South quarterback to rush for more than 600 yards in a season, with his 656 ranking fourth overall in league rushing, while adding five touchdowns. His 3,296 passing yards also made him the first quarterback ever to throw for more than 3,000 yards in a single season. He also ranks second all-time in the Big South in total offense with 8,236 yards, while also helping CCU to a 34-11 (30-8 as a starter) during his four years with the Chanticleers.
Started in all 11 games as Coastal’s quarterback... Set school records in every major passing statistic starting, going 133-for-246 for 1,589 passing yards and 11 touchdowns... Named an I-AA.org Weekly All-Star... Rushed 97 times for an impressive 437 yards and four touchdowns... Broke the school passing records against James Madison, going 24-for-36 for 287 yards and three touchdowns in the dramatic win over the defending national champions, helping the CCU offense earn Big South Offensive Player of the Week honors as a group... Connected with receiver Jerome Simpson for a thrilling 27-yard completion on the game-winning drive that was named the Play of the Day by ESPN on their Sept. 13 broadcast as well as among the top-10 Plays of the Week.
Had at least 100 yards passing in six games during the year, with two going for more than 200 yards, and recorded touchdown passes in seven contests... Earned Big South Offensive Player of the Week honors after directing CCU on the game-winning drive in the closing minutes at South Carolina State... Also was named Big South Player of the Week after throwing for 157 yards and a touchdown and rushing for a career-best 112 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries during the homecoming win against VMI, including a school and Brooks Stadium record 77-yard dash for the final score of the game.
Started all eight games he played in before a shoulder injury ended his season at Gardner-Webb and was a major factor in Coastal’s first Big South title... Became the first passer in CCU history to throw for more than 1,000 yards, finishing with 1,008 and eight touchdown passes... Also rushed 55 times for 251 yards and one touchdown... Named Big South Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career after going 9-for-20 for 200 yards with three touchdowns in the air and rushing for 83 yards and a touchdown on seven carries in the win over Charleston (WV)... Had his career-best passing game against Davidson, going 20-for-30 for 217 yards and a touchdown... Opened the 2004 season by going 12-for-23 for 134 yards and two touchdowns to spark CCU to a road win at Morehead State.
Was the starting quarterback through most of the season, starting in nine of the 10 games he played... Was the leading passer for CCU, completing 58 of 136 passes for 705 yards and five touchdowns... Got his first collegiate touchdown pass on a six-yard toss to tight end Brandon Jeffcoat at Davidson... Added a pair of touchdown passes each in the final two games of the year at Liberty and Charleston Southern... Tallied his first 100-yard passing day at Liberty, going 7-for-11 for 105 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions... Had three rushing touchdowns on the season, including a career-best 31-yard scamper at Savannah State, where he finished with a season-best 69 yards on 11 carries... Led the team with 987 yards of total offense... One of the 2002 Coastal recruits.
Lettered three years in football, earning All-State honors as a senior... A multi-purpose player for the Griffins had 116 yards passing, 198 yards rushing and 359 yards receiving his senior season... Also averaged 43.2 yards a punt and was 17-of-23 on PATs and 4-for-4 on FGs... Named to the All-Region team twice... Also a four-year letterwinner in baseball, earning All-Region honors as a junior and senior... Was a member of the Honor Roll and the Beta Club.
Full name: Tyler Beckham Thigpen... Born: 4-14-84... Son of Clint and Harriett Thigpen... Brother Chris played two years of football at the University of Louisville... Majoring in recreation and sports management.