Nebraska’s most effective pass rush presence last season, Thomas made big strides between his junior and senior campaigns. He led NU in sacks, while ranking second in hurries and tackles for loss, one season after registering only one sack from his right defensive end position. Thomas had his brightest day against Missouri, when he totaled seven tackles, 1.5 sacks and three tackles for loss. He tallied a Husker season-high five hurries and caused his second career interception in Nebraska’s road win at Pittsburgh. A key component of a unit that ranked second in the Big 12 Conference in rush defense while allowing only 104.0 yards/game, Thomas notched 38 tackles in 11 games, including 10 starts.
Thomas earned a starting defensive end spot during 2003 spring practice and played in all 13 games with 10 starts. He finished the season with a career-best 42 tackles, including 18 solo stops. He had five tackles for loss, including two for 17 yards against Texas A&M, when he recorded a seven-yard sack. Thomas also forced a fumble in the game, part of Nebraska's school-record eight takeaways against the Aggies.
Thomas tied for second on the team in quarterback hurries with 11 pressures. He had two hurries in each of Nebraska's first two games, and capped the regular season with a career-high three hurries at Colorado. He also had a pair of pass breakups against the Buffs and made a tackle for loss.
An East Palo Alto, Calif., native, Thomas chose to sit out the 2002 season as a redshirt one season after playing in 10 games as a reserve left rush end, primarily in pass-rushing situations. He recorded five tackles for loss (29 yards) in 2001, including a 24-yard sack of Iowa State’s Seneca Wallace. Thomas had three tackles at Baylor, including two tackles for loss, and added a quarterback hurry against the Bears. He did not play in the Rose Bowl.
Thomas was one of four true freshmen to play for the Huskers in 2000, appearing in six games. He recorded two tackles, including a five-yard TFL against Kansas. He also saw action in the 2000 Alamo Bowl.
He graduated in May of 2005 with a degree in communication studies.
Thomas tied for second on the team in quarterback hurries with 11 pressures. He had two hurries in each of Nebraska's first two games, and capped the regular season with a career-high three hurries at Colorado. He also had a pair of pass breakups against the Buffs and made a tackle for loss. Thomas had a career-best seven tackles in Nebraska's 38-14 victory over Southern Miss, then matched that total with seven stops against Kansas State. He made five tackles each against Troy State and Missouri.
Before Nebraska (St. Francis HS)
Thomas' Career Statistics
2000 Alamo Bowl vs. Northwestern: Tackles, none