A physical, athletic offensive lineman who was a two-year starter at left guard ... played in 45 career games, including 23 starts, all at left guard ... played in three bowl games during his career ... has a 78-inch wingspan ... earned Iron Terp status each of his last two springs ... selected to play in the 2009 East-West Shrine game ... also invited to the 2009 NFL Combine.
As a Senior (2008): An honorable mention All-ACC choice by AP/ACSMA ... played in all 13 games, starting the first 12 at left guard ... member of a line that enabled Da'Rel Scott (1,133) to become the seventh Terp back, and first since 2002 (Chris Downs), to gain over 1,000 rushing yards ... the line also aided Chris Turner to throw for 2,516 yards, the seventh-highest single-season total in school history ... a preseason second team All-ACC selection by Athlon and Lindy's ... posted the 16th-highest strength index on the team during spring testing period ... part of the unit that surrendered just one sack and helped Scott rush for 197 yards in the season opener vs. Delaware (8/30) ... part of the unit that scored 35 points vs. then-No. 23 Cal (9/13) ... part of the unit that accounted for 51 points and 486 total yards against Eastern Michigan (9/20) ... a member of a unit which did not allow a sack in the win over Clemson (9/27) ... part of the unit that helped Terp ball carriers rack up 203 rushing yards (including 163 by Scott) vs. NC State (10/25) ... part of the unit that helped Scott and fellow RB Davin Meggett combine for 215 rushing yards and allowed just one sack vs. North Carolina (11/15) ... helped spearhead a solid offensive attack in the win over Nevada in the Humanitarian Bowl (12/30) ... offense posted 456 total yards, including 258 rushing yards, vs. a Wolf Pack defense which entered the game ranked third nationally against the run (74.5 ypg).
As a Junior (2007): Played in eight games, all at left guard ... started the first seven games before suffering a fractured fibula and missing the rest of the regular season ... returned to the lineup for the bowl game ... aided running backs Lance Ball and Keon Lattimore to rush for nearly 1,600 yards and 25 TDs ... also helped first-year starting QB Chris Turner post the third-best passing efficiency rating in the ACC ... (vs. Villanova) ... started at left guard and saw action in 48 plays ... (vs. FIU) ... started at left guard ... (vs. WVU) ... started at left guard and was in on 58 plays, tied for second among offensive linemen ... (vs. WF) ... started at left guard and appeared in 69 plays ... (vs. Rutgers) ... started at left guard and saw time on 74 plays, third most among offensive players ... helped the Terps roll up 458 total yards ... (vs. GT) ... started at left guard and was in on 49 plays, most among o-linemen ... (vs. UVA) ... participated in 20 plays before leaving in the second quarter with a fractured right fibula ... (vs. Clemson) ... had his streak of 31 straight games played snapped due to his leg injury ... (vs. OSU, Emerald Bowl) ... played in a reserve role at left guard ... earned Iron Terp status for the first time in his career in the spring ... had the 15th-highest strength index on the team in spring testing.
As a Sophomore (2006): Played in all 13 games along the offensive line, starting three at left guard ... opened holes for running backs Lance Ball and Keon Lattimore, who each rushed for over 700 yards on the season ... part of an offensive line which allowed just 19 sacks, the second-lowest total in the ACC ... (vs. W&M) ... saw action on 14 plays ... (vs. MT) ... saw action as a reserve ... (vs. WVU) ... was in on 16 plays ... (vs. FIU) ... saw game action in 14 plays, not allowing a sack or missed assignment ... (vs. UVA) ... saw time and recorded the team's highest grade ... (vs. NCSU) ... saw action and recorded the offensive line's highest grade in 16 plays, notching two big blocks ... (vs. FSU) ... saw action on 25 plays ... (vs. Clemson) ... played and was in on 30 plays ... (vs. Miami) ... saw action on 23 plays ... (vs. BC) ... started at left guard and saw action on 75 plays ... (vs. WF) ... started at left guard and recorded three big blocks on 58 plays... (vs. PU, Champs Sports Bowl) ... started at left guard and saw action on 47 plays.
As a Redshirt Freshman (2005): Played in all 11 games along the offensive line, starting one at left guard ... posted three "big blocks" and allowed one sack in 162 total plays ... (at Temple) ... earned first career start ... (at NCSU) ... team's highest-graded lineman ... recorded the second-best squat (655 pounds) among offensive linemen in spring testing
As a Freshman (2004): Redshirt season ... offensive scout team player of the week for his work in practice the week of the Northern Illinois game.
At Bishop McDevitt High School: A three-year letterwinner and starter who played offensive tackle all three years while spending significant time at defensive tackle as a junior and senior ... allowed no sacks in his junior or senior seasons while only giving up one as a sophomore ... had over 40 pancake blocks as a senior ... was the lone returning starter on a line that ended up blocking for the state's leading rusher, sophomore LeSean McCoy, who had 2,561 yards in 10 games in 2003 ... a SuperPrep All-American and All-Northeast region selection ... first team all-state as a senior ... first team all-conference as a junior and senior ... an honorable-mention pick by PrepStar ... lettered three years in basketball ... also recruited by Notre Dame, Tennessee and Penn State ... coached by Jeff Weachter.
Personal: Born Aug. 22, 1986 ... parents are Jerome and Charley Thomas ... member of the National Honor Society ... carried over a 3.7 grade-point average in high school ... brothers Jonathan and Joseph both attend Maryland ... an economics major who graduated in Dec. 2008.
bio updated 02-18-09