At Navy: Enters the fall third on the depth chart at slot back and Navy's top kickoff returner after sitting out all but the weekend practices in the spring to concentrate on his academics... has good speed ... runs hard and is tough to tackle ... has earned three varsity letters.
2012: Played in 12 of 13 games ... named an Honorable Mention All-Independent Team selection as a kick returner by the nationwide media panel responsible for the FBS Indpendent Player of the Week awards ... contributed to an offensive unit that finished the year ranked sixth nationally in rushing offense, averaging 278.46 yards per game ... finished the year averaging 23.0 yards on 21 kickoff returns ... stands alongside Reggie Campbell (2004-07) as Navy's record holder for most career kickoff returns with 80 ... ranked second in program history for career kickoff return yardage with 1,774, trailing Reggie Campbell who amassed 1,905 yards ... did not play against Arizona State in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl ... stripped Army punt returner Josh Jackson at the Army 46 on the Black Knights' first possession of the third quarter ... the ball was recovered by Navy's John Michael Nurthen ... a member of the Mids' high-powered offense that scored 56 points at East Carolina, marking their first 50-point game since putting up 76 against the Pirates in 2010 ... Navy also rushed for 512 yards, the ninth most in program history and the most since running up 521 yards on the ground against East Carolina in 2010 ... carried the ball twice for 21 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown to give the Mids' a 7-0 lead in the ECU game ... it was his first career rushing touchdown ... returned one kickoff against the Pirates for 31 yards ... averaged 23.0 yards on a pair of kick returns in Navy's victory over Indiana on Homecoming ... returned four kickoffs for 105 yards, including his longest return of the year for 36 yards against Central Michigan ... carried the ball once for 10 yards in the Mids' win over Air Force ... also returned a pair of kickoffs for 35 yards ... returned three kickoffs for 62 yards (20.7) against San Jose State ... contributed to Navy's season-high 403 yards rushing as a team, against VMI along with better than 500 yards of total offense ... carried the ball twice for 26 yards against the Keydets, including a career-long rush for 26 yards ... brought back two kickoffs in the game for 42 yards ... averaged 22.5 yards on the two kickoff returns at Penn State, including a long of 24 ... returned five kickoffs 117 yards (23.4 yds/ret), including a long of 29 against Notre Dame in the opener.
2011: Selected to Phil Steele's 2011 All-Independent Second Team as a kick returner ... played in all 12 games ... returned 33 kicks for 728 yards, an average of 22.1 yards, and one touchdown ... returned one kickoff against Army for 36 yards ... returned three kickoffs for 68 yards at San Jose State, including a long return of 27 yards ... returned one kickoff for 26 yards at SMU ... returned one Troy kickoff for 21 yards ... also carried the ball once against the Trojans for a gain of nine yards ... it was his first carry of the season and second of his career ... averaged 17.3 yards per return on his four kick returns at Notre Dame ... mishandled one of the returns, giving the ball to the Irish in Navy territory ... returned six kickoffs for 180 yards (30.0 yds/return) against East Carolina, including racing 90 yards for a touchdown to open the second half ... it's the fourth-longest kickoff return in program history, while it's Navy's first kickoff returned for a TD since Reggie Campbell rumbled 98 yards for a TD against Army on Dec. 1, 2007 ... returned five kickoffs for 105 yards (21.0), including what was his longest return of the season, a 24-yarder, against Southern Miss ... averaged 17.0 yards on three kick returns against Air Force, including a long return of 20 yards ... returned four kickoffs an average of 18.5 yards, including a long return of 23 yards against 10th-ranked South Carolina ... averaged 21.7 yards on his three kickoff returns at Western Kentucky, including a long return of 26 ... returned a pair of Delaware kickoffs for 33 yards, including a long return of 22.
2010: Saw action in 12 games primarily on special teams ... returned kicks in each of the last eight contests where he posted a 21.7 average over 26 returns ... averaged 21.2 yards on five kick returns against San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl ... returned a pair of kicks against Army for 59 yards (29.5), including running back the game-opening kickoff a then career-long 38 yards ... returned three kicks against Arkansas State for 70 yards (23.3), including a long of 27 ... gained three yards on his first-collegiate carry at East Carolina ... returned five kickoffs for an average of 25.2 yards, including a then career-long return of 31 yards ... averaged 18.4 yards on the five kickoffs he returned against Central Michigan, including a 31-yarder which ties his career best he originally set against East Carolina.
High School / Personal: A 2009 graduate of Catholic High School, Thomas attended the Naval Academy Prep School during the 2009-10 academic year ... a two-sports athlete who earned two letters in football and three in track ... earned first-team all-district honors as a running back his senior year, while also a second-team pick as a kick returner his senior year ... received second-team all-district kudos his junior year ... led the football team to back-to-back district titles in 2006 and `07 ... a three-time All-Parish and All-State (La.) sprinter and relay member ... named a track All-American for his contribution to the 4x100 meter relay team ... member of the track squad that earned five total state championships from 2007-09 (2 outdoor, 3 indoor) ... son of Albert Jr. and Youlanda Thomas ... majoring in american politics and law.