Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2018)
Deontre Thomas appeared in each of the first four games of the 2018 season before missing the final eight games due to injury. By playing in only four games, Thomas was able to utilize his redshirt season for the 2018 campaign. Thomas recorded a tackle in three of his four games, including single tackles against Troy and Michigan and a season-high two tackles against Purdue, which included the first tackle for loss of his career.
Thomas was one of two true freshmen to earn playing time on the defense in 2017. He appeared in 10 games and provided quality depth on the interior of the defensive line. Thomas finished with 14 tackles in his freshman campaign, including five games with multiple tackles.
Thomas shined in his career debut, registering the first of three games where he would record three tackles. He added three more tackles at Oregon the next week, including the first two solo stops of his career. Thomas tallied two tackles in his Big Ten debut against Rutgers and had two solo stops and three total tackles in the Husker win at Illinois. His final multi-tackle effort came against No. 9 Ohio State, as he had two tackles against the Buckeyes. Thomas’ final tackle of the season came at Purdue in the final game of October.
Before Nebraska (Mustang HS)
Thomas was part of an impressive group of defensive line prospects in the Huskers’ 2017 recruiting class.
During his senior season Thomas helped Mustang High School to an 8-4 record and a trip to the Class 6A state semifinals. Thomas racked up 79 tackles and eight quarterback sacks for Coach Jeremy Dombek’s team.
Thomas’ play for the Broncos was recognized as he earned first-team all-state honors from the Daily Oklahoman and USA Today.
Mustang High also reached the state playoffs and posted an 8-4 record in 2015 in Thomas’ junior season. Thomas also played varsity ball as a sophomore, helping Mustang to an 8-4 mark and a trip to the state semifinals.
The 6-3, 280-pound Thomas is ranked among the nation’s top 200 overall players according to 247 Sports. The service also listed Thomas as the nation’s No. 11 defensive tackle and as the No. 5 prospect in the state of Oklahoma. Thomas is also ranked among the top 45 defensive tackles in the country by Rivals.com and ESPN.
Thomas only visited Nebraska, but had numerous offers including Arizona State, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas State, Michigan, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, TCU and Texas Tech.
Deontre was born on April 30, 1998, and he is the son of Cameal and Frank Thomas. He has not declared a major but earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring semester of 2018. He volunteered with Husker Heroes, the Nebraska Football Road Race and local hospital visits.