From the farm land to the football field, Miles Thomas has known only one way of life: hard work.
One senior and eight underclassmen highlight group of tight ends, while two veterans form fullback pairing
Minnesota defeated Michigan, 30-14, to claim the Little Brown Jug.
Football in the Spring
2015 • SENIOR SEASON: Competed against TCU at fullback and helped protect for an offense that rushed for 144 yards and passed for 197 yards • started at fullback at Colorado State and protected for an offense that passed for 233 yards and run for 180 yards • started against Kent State • caught two passes for 10 yards against Ohio and blocked for an offense that totaled 468 yards of offense (204 rushing and 264 passing) • competed against Northwestern • started at Purdue and blocked for an offense that rushed for 326 yards, which was the most in a Big Ten game for Minnesota since it rushed for 327 yards on Nov. 12, 2005 against Michigan State • made one catch for eight yards against Nebraska • competed against Michigan and provided protection for Minnesota to pass for 317 yards, which was the most by the Gophers since they passed for 373 yards against Northern Illinois in 2010 • started at Ohio State and at Iowa • helped block for an offense to rush for 255 yards and three touchdowns against Illinois.
2014 • JUNIOR SEASON: Played in 13 games and started five at fullback • also saw action on special teams • caught six passes for 41 yards • blocked for an offense that rushed for 2,801 yards and 32 touchdowns. Game-by-Game: Made his Minnesota debut against Eastern Illinois, but did not record any statistics • played against Middle Tennessee and helped pave the way for the Gophers to rush for 284 yards • played at TCU • made his first career start against San Jose State and helped protect for an offense that rushed for 380 yards • made his first career catch (five-yard reception) and provided protection for an offense that rushed for 206 yards and passed for 167 yards at Michigan • helped team average 5.1 yards-per-play against Northwestern • protected for an offense that scored 39 points, rushed for 285 yards and passed for 165 yards against Purdue • helped protect for an offense that passed for 240 yards and rushed for 171 yards at Illinois • caught two passes for 11 yards against Iowa and made one catch for 10 yards against Ohio State • hauled in one pass for 11 yards at Nebraska • played at Wisconsin, but did not record any statistics • caught one pass for four yards against Missouri.
OVERVIEW: Enrolled at Minnesota in January 2014 and participated in spring practice • will have two years of playing eligibility at Minnesota.
PREVIOUS SCHOOL: Attended Butler County Community College • team was 11-1 during his freshman season • rushed eight times and scored four touchdowns • caught two passes, one of which was for a touchdown • blocked for an offense that rushed for 1,908 yards and passed for 2,324 yards.
HIGH SCHOOL: A graduate of Downs-Lakeside High School • helped lead team to an 11-1 record • played eight-man football in high school • scored 40 total touchdowns as a senior, while rushing for 1,760 yards and 30 touchdowns on 166 carries • recorded 96 tackles, five sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles as he was named KPreps.com's Eight-Man, Division I Defensive Player of the Year • won state powerlifting championship as a junior at 198 pounds when he benched 285 pounds, cleaned 300 and had a 450-pound squat • won state powerlifting championship as a senior at 220 pounds when he benched 310 pounds, cleaned 335 and had a 500-pound squat • also was a four-year letterwinner in basketball and track.
PERSONAL: Born Dec. 24, 1993 • son of Dallason and Dawn Thomas • has three brothers and one sister.
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