BIOGRAPHY: Four-year starter who posted 112/666/8 on the ground as a senior while also adding 16 receptions. Career-high rushing totals of 285/1801/17 came as a freshman when he led the nation with an average of 180.1 yards/game. Holds the NCAA freshman record with six 200-yard games. All-Conference selection that season when he was also named Sun Belt Player of the Year.
POSITIVES: Small, low-to-the-ground runner with good instincts. Patient, finds the running lanes, and weaves through the traffic on the inside to pick up yardage. Possesses a low center of gravity, gets lost behind blockers, and will pick and choose his spots. Shifty and makes opponents miss. Picks up blocking assignments in pass protection. Adequate pass-catcher.
NEGATIVES: Not a strong back who breaks tackles or picks up yardage off initial contact. Suffered injuries as a senior, which reduced his playing time. Lacks the speed to turn the corner and run to daylight.
ANALYSIS: Thomas burst on the scene as a freshman, yet he has watched his play level off since. He offers potential as a situational/backup ball-carrier if he can stay healthy.