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Pete Thomas
Pete  Thomas


El Cajon, Calif.

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Height / Weight:
6-5 / 225




Postgame notes

CSU vs. Boise State


Postgame notes

Colorado State vs. San José State


CSU QB Thomas withdraws from university

Rams signal-caller started as true freshman in 2010


CSU's Capi earns first-team all-conference honors

Rams offense garners four second-team selections, punter chosen


Postgame Notes: Wyoming vs. Colorado State

Dec. 3, 2011


CSU vs. San Diego State highlights

CSU vs. San Diego State highlights; Nov. 12, 2011


2011 Football vs. San Diego State

2011 Football vs. San Diego State


Colorado State vs. UTEP

Colorado State vs. UTEP


2011 Football vs. Boise State

2011 Football vs. Boise State


CSU football vs. Boise State

CSU football vs. Boise State; Oct. 15, 2011


Colorado State 13, Boise State 63 - AP Photos

Colorado State falls to 3-3 on the season.

2011 (Sophomore): CSU's first returning starter at quarterback since 2007, had started 21 straight games, including the first nine of 2011 until a Game 9 knee injury sidelined him for the balance of the season...Finished 161-for-261 (61.7 percent) for 1,607 yards, with seven TDs and eight interceptions...Officially had 56 attempts for minus-36 yards, but 27 of the "carries" were sacks according to NCAA rules; had 29 non-sack carries for 145 yards (5.0 avg.) and three touchdowns, the most rushing scores by a CSU QB since Caleb Hanie had four in 2006...Also caught a pass, for minus-4 yards, on a trick play that backfired...Elected Aug. 26 one of five permanent team captains, one of two on offense, among the youngest season-long captains in team history...In season-opening, 14-10 win at New Mexico (Sept. 3), stood in the pocket to take a hit immediately after launching a 33-yard TD pass to Crockett Gillmore late in the second quarter, giving the Rams a 7-3 advantage; enjoyed the second-most accurate day by a CSU passer ever...His .846 completion percentage (22-for-26) against UNM was eclipsed by only Caleb Hanie, who connected on 20 of 23 passes (.870) in another 14-10 win, at Colorado, Sept. 9, 2006...In home-opening win over Northern Colorado (Sept. 10)), hit 11 targets, including a 9-yard pass to Lou Greenwood early in the second half to eclipse 3,000 career yards and become the youngest player and first sophomore in school annals to reach that landmark; soon after, found a hole and ran for a career-long 17 yards, helping set up a field goal...In Denver loss vs. Colorado (Sept. 17), scored his first career rushing touchdown, on the opening drive. a 4-yard run; had three carries for 14 yards on the drive, including a 9-yard run to set up his TD on third down...Later in Buffs contest, made his first career reception, a 4-yard loss on a pass from Raymond Carter...Calmly directed CSU to exhilarating, 35-34 triumph in double overtime at Utah State (Sept. 24), orchestrating three touchdown drives in the final minutes...First, with 42 seconds left after CSU had just pulled to 21-19 with a Chris Nwoke TD run, kept the Rams together after a 5-yard false-start penalty, and sent the game to OT with a essentially a 7-yard pass to Gillmore for a two-point conversion; then, in the first overtime period, found Gillmore again, in the back of the end zone, for a 7-yard TD that knotted the score again...Led the Rams on valiant comeback in eventual 38-31 loss vs. San Jose State (Oct. 1), guiding CSU to a 31-31 tie after a 24-7 deficit; finished with a career-best 387 yards, and tied another personal high with three TD passes, in addition to another rushing TD...Hit Lou Greenwood on the first two touchdowns, a perfectly placed, 41-yard strike over the middle to get the Rams on the scoreboard, and a gorgeous 25-yard strike late in the first half; then found Thomas Coffman on a 47-yard streak to bring the Rams within one score late in the third quarter...Also in Spartans contest, led the Rams in rushing, becoming the first CSU QB to do so since Billy Farris (11/25/06 vs. TCU), made a nice move to avoid a tackler and dive poetically into the end zone on a 9-yard run that tied the game, 31-31, with 11:33 left in regulation, capping an eight-play, 80-yard drive...In tough loss at UTEP (Oct. 22), sacked seven times and saw two touchdown passes dropped, but still became the youngest QB and 10th overall in CSU history to reach 4,000 passing yards, surpassing No. 10 Mark Driscoll (3,923) on the Rams' career passing-yards list...Left his heart on the field in loss at UNLV (Oct. 29), leading the Rams on three go-ahead drives, one that erased a 31-20 fourth-quarter deficit; capped a 10-play, 77-yard march with a 12-yard run in the final stanza; the score gave him three on the year, most by a CSU QB since Caleb Hanie had four in '06...Early in second quarter of windy, 18-15 loss vs. San Diego State (Nov. 12), injured his left knee and did not return; just after unloading a screen pass, an Aztec defensive tackle, having stunted, plowed into his knee, the same knee protected by a brace required by Head Coach Steve Fairchild to protect against such injuries sustained by Tom Brady in the first game of the 2008 NFL season...Traveled but did not dress in loss at No. 19 TCU (Nov. 19), missing the first game of his college career and first contest since halfway through his 2006 freshman season at Valhalla High School in El Cajon, Calif., snapping a 21-game starts streak, tied for longest active on the team.

2010 (Freshman): After enrolling in January, having graduated high school one semester early, started all 12 games...Broke the overall CSU single-season record with a .647 completion percentage, one of the highest marks ever recorded by a true freshman at the Division I level...Threw for 2,662 yards and 11 TD on 253-of-391 passing, with 13 INT...Also broke Caleb Hanie's 2004 single-season freshman passing record in Week 6 and became the first-ever freshman (true or redshirt) to lead the Rams in passing yards...Threw just one INT over 137 passes from Sept. 25-Oct. 23, with seven TDs during the same stretch...Over a longer period, until a third-quarter INT in Week 10, had thrown just two picks over 186 attempts, with eight TDs...From Oct. 23-Nov. 6, engineered16 straight possessions with at least one first down until the team ran out the clock late in the first half in Week 10 at SDSU...The nation's only true freshman to start each of his team's games at QB, was one of 16 true freshman starting QB in 2010 (Penn State's Rob Bolden, Wake Forest's Tanner Price, Central Florida's Jeff Godfrey, BYU's Jake Heaps, New Mexico's Tarean Austin and Stump Godfrey, Memphis' Ryan Williams, Boston College's Chase Rettig, Rutgers' Chas Dodd, Buffalo's Alex Zordich, Houston's David Piland, New Mexico State's Andrew Manley, Purdue's Sean Robinson, Tennessee's Tyler Bray, and Stephen Morris of Miami-Fla.)...On CSU's single-season completions list, finished second with 253, moving past No. 2 Scooter Molander (237 in 1987) on the first snap of the Wyoming game (Nov. 20); only Terry Nugent (275 in 1983) had more completions in program annals...On CSU's single-season passing attempts list, finished fifth with 391; only No. 4 Nugent (382 in 1982), No. 3 Steve Fairchild (392 in 1980), No. 2 Scooter Molander (407 in 1987) and No. 1 Nugent (433 in 1983) have thrown more in a season...On CSU's single-season passing yards list, finished ninth with 2,662...Took all but nine snaps and all but two offensive series in 2010; threw all but two passes (trick-play attempts from WR Lou Greenwood and RB John Mosure)...Finished third in MW history with 2,549 yards of total offense by a freshman; TCU's Andy Dalton (2,692 in 2007) and SDSU's Ryan Lindley (2,591 in 2008) are the only other players with more...Went through spring practice with the Rams and earned the starting job Aug.17...Did not miss an opportunity to lift or run over the summer ...Made first career start in college debut, vs. Colorado (Sept. 4) at Invesco Field, and completed four of his first five, and eight of his first 10 college passes; even with three INT, still completed 72.7 percent of his passes (24-of-33)...At 18 years, 10 months, 24 days, became the program's third-youngest starting quarterback and youngest since Mark Miller (18 years, 10 months, 20 days) on Sept. 26, 1981...Also became one of two true freshmen to start a season-opener for the Rams at QB, joining Bob Hainlen (18 years, nine months, 11 days), on Sept. 29, 1945...At Nevada (Sept. 11), completed passes to 11 targets...One week later at Miami-Ohio (Sept. 18), notched his first career TD pass, a 6-yard strike to Matt Yemm late in the game; also posted his first career 300-yard passing game, 302 yards on 26-of-40, the most passing attempts by a CSU QB since Caleb Hanie (40), Oct. 28, 2006, vs. New Mexico...Connected with Yemm (36 yards) and Steele (40) on deep balls during RedHawks contest...Earned MW Offensive Player of the Week honors, the first CSU player to win the award since Gartrell Johnson on Oct. 6, 2008, after a phenomenal performance vs. Idaho (Sept. 25), notching his first win as a starter; guided scoring drives of 78, 33, 61, 80, 38, 64 and 66 yards, completing 29-of-36 (80.6 percent) for 386 yards -- against the nation's No. 7 passing defense -- and three TDs...Beat the Vandals with a 12-play, 66-yard drive over the final 2:38 of regulation, setting up Ben DeLine's 35-yard FG as time expired; also closed the first half with a pair of TD drives in the final 4 minutes, erasing a 13-0 deficit to give the Rams a critical lead entering the locker room...His 386 passing yards against Vandals were the most by a CSU QB since Justin Holland had 419 in a 39-31 win vs. Wyoming, Oct. 22, 2005...In Idaho triumph, became the first Rams player to string together consecutive 300-yard passing games since Justin Holland threw for 405 vs. Wyoming (Oct. 22, 2005) and 312 at New Mexico (Oct. 28, 2005), and his completion percentage (.806) was the sixth-best single-game mark in school annals, and the No. 1 effort for a passer with that many attempts...In loss at No. 25 Air Force (Oct. 9), led the Rams on four TD drives, including 67- and 92-yard marches in the fourth quarter...Also in Falcons contest, threw a pair of lead blocks to spring Lou Greenwood on big gains, both reverses, one to get the RB into the end zone on a second-quarter run...In big 43-10 win vs. UNLV (Oct. 16), led the Rams on five TD drives over their first six possessions and the most points (34) by a CSU team in any half since Nov. 13, 2004; in the second quarter, found Lou Greenwood on a gorgeous deep ball down the right sideline for a 73-yard TD, completing a two-play, 94-yard drive, the longest pass and longest drive by a Rams team in two years...Also hit TE Eric Peitz on a pair of first-half TDs, including a bullet down the left sideline, and was 7-for-his-first-7, including a 55-yarder to Greenwood that set up another score, for 219 yards and three TD, until an incompletion late in the first half...Threw just seven passes the rest of the game, and for the first time watched an offensive play from the sideline as Klay Kubiak took the final series...At No. 9 Utah (Oct. 23), engineered a nine-play, 72-yard FG drive in the second quarter, hitting a pair of big passes against a defense that had only allowed four drives of similar length to that point in the year...Led CSU to a 38-14 win vs. New Mexico (Oct. 30), with first downs on all 10 possessions, including TDs on the first three drives, and four of the first five...Cracked the 2,000-yard barrier against the Lobos, including a 43-yard first-quarter TD to Greenwood and a perfectly placed, 32-yard pass into the diving arms of Eric Peitz to set up another first-quarter TD...In heartbreaking, 24-19 loss at SDSU (Nov. 6), playing in his hometown in front of literally his own cheering section (450 fans), nearly led the Rams to an upset of one of the MW's top three teams...Completed his first seven passes, for 85 yards, including several long third-down conversions, as CSU took a 6-0 lead; came within inches of catching a TD pass but Greenwood overthrew him on the Rams' first series...Hit Zac Pauga for a 28-yard TD to bring the Rams within one score, at 24-19, late in the fourth quarter, and surpassed several former CSU QBs, including Steve Fairchild and first-round draft choice Kelly Stouffer, on the Rams' single-season completions list...In loss vs. BYU (Nov. 13), moved up four spots on that list, into a tie for second; also moved into second all-time among the MW's freshman passing-yards leaders, topping Andy Dalton (2007)...Additionally against Cougars, produced first downs on all 10 drives engineered, and threw a season-high 42 passes.

High School: Rated the No. 6 pro-style QB in the nation by Tom Lemming (USA Today Super 25)...Also ranked by Rivals.com the country's No. 16 pro-style quarterback and given four stars by both Rivals.com and Scout.com...Was Rivals' No. 48 overall prospect from California...A three-year starter, three-year captain and two-time team MVP at Valhalla High School in El Cajon, Calif., guided the Norsemen to a 19-5 record over his final two seasons...Combined over those junior and senior years, threw for 5,553 yards, 52 TDs and only 11 INTs, completing better than 66 percent of his passes to capture consecutive Grossmont South League Offensive Player of the Year honors, in both 2008 and `09...Including the last three games of his freshman year, started 36 games in a storied prep career, finishing with back-to-back first-team all-state recognition...As a senior in 2009, guided the Norsemen to the first conference championship in the 34-year-old program's history, and the first round of the CIF Division II state playoffs, completing 64 percent of his passes for 2,392 yards, 24 scores and only six INTs; also ran for six TDs...As a junior in 2008, threw for 3,161 yards, with 28 TDs and five interceptions, and completed 68 percent in helping VHS advance to the San Diego section final at Qualcomm Stadium, where the 11-2 Norsemen lost to eventual Division II state bowl champion Cathedral...Also served as his team's kicker, earning first-team all-league honors as a junior...Owns single-season and career VHS passing records for completions, completion percentage, yards and touchdowns, as well as career field goals...Selected first-team all-conference as a junior and senior, and second-team all-league as a sophomore...Earned sophomore all-state honors in 2007...Lettered four years in football, and two in baseball, where he played varsity as a freshman and sophomore before opting to concentrate on football...Played in the Jan. 2 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C. ...Head football coaches were Steve Sutton and Dave Hostetler...Graduated one semester early with a 4.0 GPA, helping him earn San Diego Union-Tribune Scholar-Athlete award four times, and the publication's Student-Athlete of the Year among prep football players in San Diego County after his senior year...Chose Colorado State over offers from Arizona State, Harvard, Boston College, Northwestern and Maryland.

Personal: Given name Peter Alan Thomas...Born Oct. 11, 1991, in San Diego, Calif. ...Son of Dan and Avis Thomas...Has one older brother...Mother is one of 10 children, and many of his nearly 50 cousins have competed collegiately, the most prominent of which is former New England Patriots guard Stephen Neal, a world-champion wrestler who never played college football but now owns three Super Bowl rings...Both parents hold graduate degrees, including his father, who completed undergraduate coursework at West Point...Older brother, Chris, wrestled at the Air Force Academy...Enjoys snowboarding in his spare time...In 2011, spoke at a Tavelli Elementary assembly in Fort Collins and made two appearances at the Fort Collins Boys and Girls Club...In 2010, volunteered at the Open Door Mission in Old Town Fort Collins, and worked a summer camp at Lincoln Middle School in Fort Collins...Majoring in communication studies...Hometown: El Cajon, Calif.

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Additional statistics -- Caught pass for -4 yards, vs. Colorado (09/17/11)

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