Last season Randy Thomas became the first Jets guard to start as a rookie since Randy Rasmussen in 1967. Tough, good on the move and a punishing drive blocker, Thomas was a big reason that Curtis Martin set a club rushing record of 1,464 yards. "This year," coach Al Groh says, "Randy has a chance to separate himself from the offensive linemen in the league." "The two linemen in the league I admire most," says the 6'4", 295-pound Thomas, "are Larry Allen, for his explosion off the ball, and Bruce Matthews, for his technical skill. Matthews is just so smooth, he makes it look so easy. Someday I'd like to hear people say that about me."