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Dec. 9, 1997

Tra Thomas Wins Jacobs Blocking Trophy

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Tra Thomas has blocked superbly for the Seminoles.

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Florida State's Tra Thomas has been selected as the recipient of the 1997 Jacobs Blocking Trophy, Commissioner John Swofford announced today.

The Jacobs Blocking Trophy has been awarded annually since 1953 by William & Hugh Jacobs of Clinton, S.C., to the player voted the outstanding blocker in the ACC in a poll of the league's defensive coordinators. The trophy is given in the memory of William P. Jacobs, who served as President of Presbyterian College from 1935-45.

"Tra is very deserving of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy," said Florida State offensive line coach Jimmy Heggins. "He has had an outstanding career at Florida State, especially this season. Tra has been one of the mainstays and leaders on this year's team."

A four-year letterman, Thomas earned first team All-ACC honors this past season, starting 10 games at offensive tackle for the fourth-ranked and ACC Champion Seminoles. The 6-8, 330-pound senior from DeLand, Fla., graded out at 90 percent-or-better in every game this year, including two games of 96 percent against Georgia Tech and NC State. Thomas earned ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors for his performance against the Yellow Jackets. He had 64 pancake blocks on the year.

"There have not been too many offensive linemen to come through Florida State that have been as talented as Tra," said Heggins. "We expect him to do big things in the future at the next level. He's right up there with Walter Jones (a first round draft pick a year ago.)"

Thomas is the third Seminole to win the Jacobs Blocking Trophy. Clay Shiver captured the award in 1994 and 1995.

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