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
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.