Villanova: Named CAA Preseason Defensive Player of the Year; One of the top linebackers in all of FCS football; Named to the Buck Buchanan Preseason Watch List; Highly intelligent player who plays the game with great passion; Has started all 39 games of his career; Will serve as one of four team captains in 2010.
2009: Named first team All-CAA; Earned Sports Network second team All-America honors; Earned a spot on the CAA All-Academic team; Started all 15 games and tallied a team-high 116 tackles (68 solo/48 assisted) to go with 11 tackles for loss (third on team), 8.5 sacks (second on team) and one forced fumble; Had three tackles and a pass break-up versus Temple; Recorded five solo tackles, one tackle for loss and a sack against Lehigh; Posted five solo tackles, five assisted stops, two tackles for loss and two sacks against Penn; Made two solo tackles versus Northeastern; Had 14 tackles including a career-high eight solo stops against William & Mary; Posted eight total tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks at New Hampshire; Tallied 10 tackles and a forced fumble at JMU; Credited with six solo stops, two tackles for loss and a sack against Rhode Island; Totaled five solo tackles, one assisted stop, one tackle for loss and one sack at Richmond; Registered two solo and eight assisted for 10 total tackles at Towson; Tied a career-high with 14 tackles (7 solo/ 7 assisted) versus Delaware; Made four solo tackles and five assisted stops against Holy Cross in first round of NCAA playoffs; Recorded three solo tackles and one assisted in NCAA quarterfinals versus New Hampshire; Posted six solo tackles and one assisted stop against William & Mary in NCAA semifinals; Totaled five solo tackles, three assisted stops, two tackles for loss and one sack against Montana in National Championship game.
2008: Started all 13 games and had 69 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, a team-high three forced fumbles and two pass break-ups; Made two solo stops and one assisted tackle at West Virginia; Had one assisted tackle versus Lehigh; Posted nine total tackles and one forced fumble at Penn; Tallied five solo tackles and five assisted stops for 10 total tackles to o with 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble against William & Mary; Credited with two solo tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and a pass break-up at Rhode Island; Tallied seven solo tackles and two assisted stops versus James Madison; Totaled seven tackles at Northeastern; Posted five solo tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss and a forced fumble versus New Hampshire; Tallied seven total stops versus Towson; Posted five assisted tackles and a half a sack against Delaware; Recorded three solo tackles in first round of NCAA playoffs versus Colgate; Had two solo tackles and three assisted stops versus JMU in second round of NCAA playoffs.
2007: Started all 11 games as a true freshman and tallied 59 total tackles (fourth on team), four tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception and one fumble recovery; Made two solo tackles and five assisted stops at Maryland; Credited with eight total tackles and an interception at Lehigh; Posted two solo tackles and one assisted stop against Maine; Registered five total tackles versus Penn; Recorded two solo tackles and eight assisted stops against James Madison; Had two solo tackles and a fumble recovery against William & Mary; Totaled eight total tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss and one forced fumble versus Massachusetts; Made three tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss and one forced fumble against Hofstra; Tallied two solo tackles and two assisted stops versus Richmond; Posted one solo stop and two assisted tackles at Towson; Earned CAA Rookie of the Week accolades after registering six solo tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and one pass break-up versus Delaware.
Lawrenceville School: All-Area; All-Prep All-State; All-Prep All-Conference; Selected to play in Sunshine Classic All-Star Game; Named captain for All-Star football team; Member of school strength & conditioning Hall of Fame; Earned All-Prep honors in track & field for the discus; Gold medal winner at states in the discus; Bronze medal winner at states in the javelin; School record holder for hang cleans at 225 lbs.
Personal: Communications major; Born 5/28/89 in Summit, N.J.; Only child of Terence and Kim Thomas; Father played outside linebacker at Whittier College.