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Fredrick Charles Thomsen
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Sport Football
Born April 25, 1897
Place of birth Arkansas Minden, AR
Career highlights
Overall 75-78-14
Bowls 0-0-1
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
Playing career
Rock Island
Position End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Missouri State

Fred Thomsen was a college football coach. From 1929 to 1941, he was the head football coach at Arkansas. His record with the Razorbacks was 56-61-10. In 1949, he became the head football coach at Missouri State, where he served until 1952. His record at Missouri State was 19-17-4. His record as a head coach stands at 75-78-4.


Thomsen's Razorbacks had the best record in 1933 SWC play. The Hogs had to forfeit their first SWC Crown because Thomsen played Heinie Schleuter, an ineligible athlete. Schleuter had told Thomsen he could play, but actually had no remaining eligibility. A member of the SMU Mustangs noticed him as a former Nebraska Cornhusker, forcing the Hogs to give up their first conference title. The Razorbacks won their first legitimate conference championship in 1936. Thomsen popularized the forward pass at Arkansas, attempting over 300 aerials, which caught fire across the Southwest Conference. Thomsen used two quarterbacks, Dwight Sloan for wet weather, and Jack Robbins for dry. TCU got the Cotton Bowl bid, however, leaving Arkansas out of the bowl picture.

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