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Gerard Thomas
Gerard  Thomas


Kissimmee, Fla.

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5-9 / 171



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 interception, 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 field-goal attempt...Made his first career start the following week, at Cal (Sept. 27), in place of Owens; made a nice play to separate the Bears' Sean Young from what would've been a 43-yard TD reception late in the first half, helping to hold Cal to just 159 net passing yards on the day...Started again for Owens in conference-opening win vs. UNLV (Oct. 4), breaking up a screen pass intended for RB Frank Summers...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 San Diego State (Oct. 25), broke up a third-down pass to end the Aztecs' game-opening drive, then after each team answered the other touchdown for touchdown, 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...Played like a fifth-year senior in tough, 45-42 loss vs. No. 17 BYU (Nov. 1), picking off Max Hall's fourth-quarter pass with CSU trailing 38-35 late in the fourth quarter; actually returned the interception, the first of his career, 44 yards for a go-ahead touchdown with less than 2 minutes left, but a personal foul after the INT nullified the score (CSU scored anyway on the ensuing play to take a 42-35 lead)...Earlier in fourth quarter of Cougars contest, drilled star TE Dennis Pitta, knocking his helmet off, but the talented player somehow maintained possession for a TD...In first quarter at Air Force (Nov. 8), snuck into the Falcons' backfield to stop Kyle Lumpkin for a 2-yard loss...An excellent athlete, took many of the reps with the first team late in fall camp, with Nick Oppenneer (ankle) sidelined; coaches like his quickness and ball skills.

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 running back and wide receiver, while also returning kickoffs and punts for Osceola...Helped his team to a 14-1 senior season, a District 8 league title, and a trip to the Florida Class 5A state championship game, where OHS lost to powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas; electrified the Citrus Bowl crowd late in the first half of the title game, returning a punt 85 yards for a touchdown to chop his team's deficit in half...Averaged 10.8 yards per carry in 2007, with 915 yards on 85 carries 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 touchdowns -- 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 letters 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 Colorado State over interest from Toledo, Kansas State, Arkansas, N.C. State, Georgia Southern, Iowa State and Western Michigan.

Given name Gerard Santwan Thomas...First name is pronounced JURR-ard...Nicknamed Momo...Born April 14, 1990, in Kissimmee, Fla. ...Parents are Barry Thomas and Alousa Chappell...Has 11 siblings, brothers Greg, Javon, T'Sharvan, Richard, Tyuan and Santae, and sisters Sophia, Shala, Theila, Kayla and Chardae...Brother T'Sharvan Bell was his teammate at Osceola and plans to sign at Auburn...Cousin Bobby Sippio played football at Western Kentucky and in the Arena League, and now is a wide receiver with the Kansas City Chiefs...Has known close family friend Amare Stoudemire, currently with the NBA's Phoenix Suns, since his youth...Plans to pursue a degree in electrical engineering at Colorado State...Hometown: Kissimmee, Fla.

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