16 players compete in front of 20 scouts
Year-End Review for 2012
Rams will salute seniors Saturday when they take on New Mexico
Rams look to continue home win streak against Lobos
Injuries have taken toll on Rams season
CSU Football vs. Air Force Highlights, Nov. 26, 2011
CSU vs. North Dakota State; Sept. 8, 2012
2012 Spring Game; April 21, 2012 - Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium
Colorado State at No. 19 TCU - Nov. 19, 2011
Colorado State falls to 3-3 on the season.
CSU football vs. San Jose State - 10-1-11
2012 (Senior): Started the first three games of Colorado State's 2012 campaign before sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury.
2011 (Junior): Back in the lineup after the conference granted him a medical hardship waiver for 2010, played in 11 games, with 11 starts...A second-team all-conference punt returner (Phil Steele), finished third in the Mountain West with a 10.0-yard average on punt returns...Led the team with a 10.0-yard average on punt returns (21-210), joining Billy Gonzales (1989-91) and a pair of All-Americans, Greg Myers (1992-95) and Dexter Wynn (2001-03), as one of four CSU players to lead the team in three straight years...Also paced the team with two interceptions (tied for sixth in the league with 0.18 per game), one of which he returned for a TD...Returned one kickoff for 21 yards...In addition to the two picks, registered 31 tackles (15 solo), one for loss, seven pass breakups (sixth in the conference), one fumble recovery and a forced fumble...Enters Week 14 ranked second in the MW and 24th in the nation with 10.0 yards per punt return; also tied for fourth in the MW with two interceptions... Selected first-team midseason all-conference at punt returner by CollegeFootballNews.com on Oct. 21...In home-opening win over Northern Colorado (Sept. 10), ripped off a career-long 26-yard punt return...In Denver loss vs. Colorado (Sept. 17), prevented a completion intended for the nation's leader in receiving yards entering the game, Paul Richardson; also had five punt returns for 62 yards (12.4 avg.)...Critical in exhilarating win at Utah State (Sept. 24), made the game-winning tackle on a two-point conversion, driving RB Robert Turbin out of bounds to preserve a 35-34 triumph in double overtime...In third quarter of Aggies contest, nearly intercepted Chuckie Keeton, but the intended receiver batted the pass in the air; then in the fourth quarter, with USU up 14-13, broke up a third-down pass to force a key punt...Garnered both defensive and special-teams player of the week honors from CSU coaches in 38-31 loss vs. San Jose State (Oct. 1), breaking up two passes and becoming the first CSU player with interceptions in four straight seasons since Erik Olson (1996-99)...As a cornerback against Spartans, made a pair of significant plays on consecutive drives late in the third quarter of a 31-17 game, first picking off Matt Faulkner to set up a CSU TD, then delivering a crushing blow to big TE Ryan Otten in the final minute of the third quarter, forcing an incompletion and punt; also barely dropped a first-quarter pass with a clear lane to the end zone late in the first half of a 24-14 contest, ...As a punt-returner against SJSU, picked up 22 yards on a fourth-quarter runback with the score tied 31-31, setting up the Rams at the SJSU 34...In second quarter of loss vs. No. 5 Boise State (Oct. 15), personally halted an eight-play drive by forcing and recovering a Mitch Burroughs fumble at the Rams' 13-yard line; CSU cashed in the turnover by driving for a TD...Gave Rams life in tough loss at UTEP (Oct. 22), reading a second-quarter screen pass and returning an interception 45 yards for his first career touchdown, cutting the Miners' lead to 14-10, then returned fourth-quarter punts for 22 and 17 yards to give CSU solid field position...In second quarter of loss at UNLV (Oct. 29), blew up a screen to register a tackle for loss on third down and force a punt in a tie game...In loss at No. 19 TCU (Nov. 19), had a second-half punt return wiped out by a block-in-the-back penalty; the return would've gone for 25 yards...One week later, vs. AFA (Nov. 26), made an athletic play to break up a second-quarter pass.
2010 (Junior): A savvy, third-year starter, underwent right shoulder surgery Sept. 29 missed the balance of the season, after playing in four games (three starts)...Granted a medical hardship waiver by the Mountain West on Feb. 17, 2011...Injury truncated a promising season, as he had seven PR for 80 yards (11.4 avg.)...Also had 13 tackles (eight solo) and one INT...In season-opener vs. Colorado (Sept. 4) at Invesco Field, had 58 return yards, 38 on punt returns and 20 on his third career interception...Gave the Rams an early spark in Buffs contest with a career-long 24-yard punt return, then picked off Tyler Hansen late in the first half to set up a FG attempt...At Nevada (Sept. 11), aggravated a shoulder injury from the previous week and missed the second half...Did not start following week at Miami-Ohio (Sept. 18), but played most of the game; early in the fourth quarter, broke three tackles on a punt return that surpassed 40 yards, but a CSU penalty reduced it to only 22...In 2011, bids to become the first CSU player since Erik Olson (1996-99) with an interception in four consecutive seasons (Thomas has one in each of his first three campaigns, 2008-10).
2009 (Sophomore): Played in 11 games, with eight starts at CB...Had 43 tackles (31 solo), one for loss, one INT and four PBU...Also returned seven punts for 46 yards (6.6 avg.)...In resounding 23-17 win at Colorado (Sept. 6), helped to snuff out the Buffs' first drive, defending on an incomplete pass that forced a punt; also in CU contest, dropped back to return kickoffs for the first time as a college player...In 24-23 win vs. Weber State, broke up a first-quarter pass that led to a missed FG; injured, left the game late in the contest, but after receiving treatment on the sideline, walked to the locker room on his own power...MRI revealed no significant damage; dressed but did not play following week in win vs. Nevada (Sept. 19)...Returned to action in conference-opening loss at No. 19 BYU (Sept. 26); didn't start, but played most of game, and returned punts...Back in starting lineup for bitter 31-29 loss at Idaho (Oct. 3), made an athletic play to break up a second-quarter pass intended for 6-foot-6 Eric Greenwood, forcing a 47-yard FG attempt...In first quarter of loss at No. 8 TCU (Oct. 17), broke up a third-down Andy Dalton pass to force a punt...Filled the role of nickel back in place of primary NB DeAngelo Wilkinson over the last quarter of the year...In last-second loss at New Mexico (Nov. 21), utilized good closing speed to register his second career INT...In 17-16 loss vs. Wyoming (Nov. 27), diagnosed a hook-and-ladder play to throw the Cowboys for a 1-yard loss on the game's final drive.
2008 (Freshman): Saw defensive action in each of the Rams' 13 games, with 10 starts, including the New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 20)...Posted 54 tackles (38 solo), three stops for loss, three passes broken up and one INT, in which he returned for a TD before a penalty nullified the score...Also returned five punts for 16 yards (3.2 avg.)...One of five true freshmen to play for CSU, and one of two to start (including Michael Kawulok), made his collegiate debut in season opener vs. Colorado (Aug. 31), entering as a DB late in the third quarter...Saw extensive action in win vs. Houston (Sept. 20) and the nation's No. 2 passing offense, replacing an injured Brandon Owens (ankle) in the first quarter and playing the balance of the game at cornerback; broke up a pass in the end zone late in the first half, forcing a FG attempt...Made his first career start the following week, at Cal (Sept. 27); separated the Bears' Sean Young from what would've been a 43-yard TD late in the first half, helping to hold Cal to just 159 net passing yards on the day...Started again in conference-opening win vs. UNLV (Oct. 4), breaking up a screen...Posted nine stops vs. TCU (Oct. 11), including a pair of tackles for loss -- both on third downs in the fourth quarter; also, on a TCU punt late in the first half, alertly pounced on a live ball at the Rams' 10-yard line...At No. 14 Utah (Oct. 18), with CSU trailing just 14-7 in the second quarter, halted Darrell Mack for no gain on third-and-7, forcing a punt...In victory at SDSU (Oct. 25), broke up a third-down pass to end the Aztecs' game-opening drive, then after each team answered the other TD for TD, ended the pattern by breaking up a third-down pass early in the fourth quarter, forcing a punt and preserving CSU's 38-31 lead...In tough, 45-42 loss vs. No. 17 BYU (Nov. 1), picked off Max Hall's fourth-quarter pass with CSU trailing 38-35 late in the fourth quarter; actually returned the INT, the first of his career, 44 yards for a go-ahead TD with less than 2 minutes left, but a personal foul after the INT nullified the score...Earlier in fourth quarter of Cougars contest, drilled Dennis Pitta, knocking his helmet off, but the TE somehow maintained possession for a TD.
High School: A South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Orlando Sentinel all-state selection as a do-everything utility athlete, enjoyed a memorable career at Osceola High School in Kissimmee, Fla. ...A first-team all-conference selection, lined up as a RB and WR, while also returning kickoffs and punts...In 2007, helped his team to a 14-1 senior season, a District 8 league title and a trip to the Florida Class 5A state championship, where OHS lost to powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas; electrified the Citrus Bowl late in the first half of the title game, returning a punt 85 yards for a TD to chop his team's deficit in half...Averaged 10.8 yards per carry in 2007, with 915 yards on 85 attempts and nine TDs, including an 80-yard gallop...The Kowboys' leading receiver, also caught 15 passes for 495 yards (33.0 avg.) with five scores...As a senior in an emotional, 34-31 win over Lake Gibson, scored three TDs, including an offensive fumble return on the game's first play, and totaled 222 receiving yards as the Kowboys clinched a playoff berth...Head coach was Jeff Rolson...Also earned all-conference honors as a basketball player, playing point guard...Lettered three years in football and four in basketball, after playing as a freshman...Earned the area's basketball Player of the Year award as a junior...Averaged more than 25.0 points and nearly 10.0 assists as a senior...Was a three-year captain in both football and basketball...Chose CSU over interest from Toledo, Kansas State, Arkansas, N.C. State, Georgia Southern, Iowa State and Western Michigan.
Personal: Given name Gerard Santwan Thomas...Nicknamed Momo...Born April 14, 1990, in Kissimmee, Fla. ...Parents are Barry Thomas and Alousa Chappell...Has 11 siblings...Cousin Bobby Sippio played for the Detroit Lions...Has known close family friend Amare Stoudemire, since his youth...In 2010, devoted time to the Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County, and helped struggling students with reading at Tavelli Elementary in Fort Collins...In 2011, participated in a youth Super Bowl party and assisted with summer kids programs at Harmony Mobile Home Park...A liberal arts major...Hometown: Kissimmee, Fla.