How many 'Noles will be selected in the first round? Will FSU set a school record for total number of draft selections? Those answers and more when the NFL's annual selection process kicks off Thursday night.
As part of an ongoing series of articles, Seminoles.com Senior Writer Brandon Mellor looks at each member of Florida State's vaunted 2012 recruiting class. Next on the list is linebacker Reggie Northrup.
About Thomas... Four-year letter-winner who became just the 13th Seminole to log 2,000 yards rushing for a career and finished ninth all-time in rushing touchdowns (19) and 12th all-time in rushing yards (2,083)...registered six 100-yard rushing games in his career.
Experienced senior tailback who was one of the team's top two tailbacks following the loss of Chris Thompson...limited at start of season due to migraines and mild concussion-like symptoms but finished the year with double digit rushes in the last three games he played (NC State, Virginia and Florida)...ranked second on the team in attempts (61), yards (279) and rushing yards per game (25.4)...averaged 4.6 yards per rush...caught nine passes for 122 yards (13.6 ypc)...breakout game of 2011 came against Maryland when he rushed for 86 yards and a TD on nine carries...also had a 25-yard pass reception versus Maryland...set career-bests for receptions (five) and receiving yards (53) versus NC State...led the team with 69 rushing yards versus Virginia.
2010 Proven junior who made eight starts, including the first six games, but sat out the last three after suffering a knee sprain against Clemson...returned for the Chick-fil-A Bowl and carried once for six yards...an integral part of FSU's trio of tailbacks, all of whom rushed for at least 400 yards on the season...Thomas ran for 490 yards on 86 carries (5.7 ypc) and six touchdowns...with 18 career rushing TDs he ranks ninth in school history...his 1,804 career rushing yards ranks 13th all-time at FSU...enjoyed a two-game stretch earlier in the season - against Virginia and Miami - which ranked as one of his most productive...posted his sixth career 100-yard rushing game at Virginia when he ran for 122 yards on 16 carries (7.6 ypc) and two touchdowns, including a career-long 70-yarder in the victory...the following week in a road blowout of the Hurricanes, Thomas accounted for three touchdowns - two rushing, one receiving - while totaling 116 yards (78 rushing, 34 receiving)... collected 12 receptions for 134 yards and one touchdown on the season.
2009 Played in all 13 games, including 10 starts...Jacksonville native ran for 121 yards and two TDs in a Gator Bowl victory against West Virginia before a hometown crowd...had a team-leading 10 touchdowns and ranked first in rushing with 832 yards for a 64.0 yards per game average...recorded three straight 100-yard rushing games, including a career-high 186 yards and two TDs in the win over NC State...was the first FSU rusher to notch three consecutive 100-yard games since Greg Jones in 2002...ran for 119 yards at Clemson and 149 against Wake Forest...pushed his career 100-yard game rushing total to five in 2009...also a capable receiver either coming out of the backfield or lining up in the slot...had a career-high 16 receptions for 120 yards and a TD.
2008 Enjoyed a dynamic true freshman season...played in 12 games and averaged seven yards a carry...482 rushing yards ranked sixth-best by a true freshman at FSU...registered the longest run of the season when he broke off a 62-yarder at Georgia Tech....torched the Yellow Jackets for 130 rushing yards on just nine carries...followed a week later with 94 ground yards against Clemson.
Earned a three-star ranking from Rivals and Scout...member of the AJC Super Southern 100 and a second team 4A All-State selection...played in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl following his senior season...born January 10, 1990.
Career-Highs: Receiving Receptions 3 (three times), last North Carolina, 2009 Yards 42, Georgia Tech, 2009 Longest Catch 21 (twice), last Oklahoma, 2010
Rushing Carries 26, Clemson, 2009 Yards 186, NC State, 2009 Longest Run 70, at Virginia, 2010 TDs 2 (five times), last at Miami, 2010 Longest TD 70, at Virginia, 2010