Friday's contest marks just the second meeting between the two programs, as Navy posted a 24-17 win over the Owls in 2012.
11 seniors lead the way
Junior tackle from Ewa Beach, Hawai'i
Sophomore linebacker from Moon Township, Pa.
Senior guard from Lee's Summit, Mo.
• At Navy: Enters the fall third on the depth chart at defensive end ... exciting prospect with loads of potential ... has the athleticism and speed to get to the quarterback..
• 2016: Did not see any varsity action.
• High School / Personal: A 2015 graduate of First Academy, Thomas attended the Naval Academy Prep School during the 2015-16 academic year ... a two-sport athlete who earned letters in football and track & field ... earned All-District honors in football as a junior ... missed most of his senior year due to injury ... was a the district champion in the discus his senior year ... member of the 4x400 district and region-winning teams ... member of four district and region championship teams - 2 in football (2012, ‘14) and two in track & field (2014, ‘15) ... member of the National Honor Society ... high school teammate of Navy slot back Mason Plante ... sister, Krystal, was a four-year basketball standout at Duke (2008-11) and currently plays for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics ... sister, Loren, was an All-Big South volleyball player at Liberty (2009-12) ... sister, Erika, was an All-AAC volleyball standout at Connecticut (2012-15) ... Don and Sheri DeLuzio (4 children of their own) became the legal guardians of Thomas and his sisters ... Alexa DeLuzio played basketball at Florida State (2010-13) and Ben DeLuzio played baseball for the Seminoles and is now a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks organization ... son of Victor Thomas and the late Natalie Thomas.