Defense shines as Green Wave go 64 snaps at the New Orleans Saints Indoor Practice Facility
Junior Nick Montana named starter for season opener on Thursday against Jackson State
Green Wave force three fumbles, pick off pair of passes in afternoon session at Saints Facility
Green Wave focus on setting the pace for the upcoming year during first full day on the gridiron
Green Wave add 22 freshmen and two transfers on 2013 NCAA National Signing Day
2013: Played in all 13 games as a true freshman...finished with six tackles (3 solo, 3 assists) with a half tackle for loss...tallied a season-high four tackles (2 solo, 2 assists) with a half tackle for loss vs Jackson State (8/29)...had single stops twice: an assist vs South Alabama (9/7) and a solo tackle vs UTEP (11/23)...also a key member of the special teams units.
High School: Three-year letterman at John Curtis Christian High for coach J.T. Curtis...rated a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com... listed as No. 69 middle linebacker in the nation by Scout.com while receiving a 74 rating, ranking as the No. 122 inside linebacker in the country claiming No. 125 recruit status in the state by 247Sports.com...helped lead the Patriots to a combined 40-2 overall record with three District 10-2A titles with consecutive 6-0 showings, state titles his final two prep seasons, a runner-up finish as a sophomore and a national championship as a senior...as a senior, named honorable-mention all-state and garnered first-team all-metro and all-district recognition after posting 72 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, six sacks, two pass break-ups and a forced fumble...recorded 92 stops, 10 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, two pass break-ups, one forced fumble and a blocked field goal as a junior...block came in the 2011 state semifinals when he tallied 12 tackles, four sacks, two tackles for loss in a 38-6 win over Evangel to earn Papa John's Voodoo Prep Athlete of the Week honors...as a sophomore, had 30 tackles, one tackle for loss, a forced fumble and a pass break-up...also lettered in track and field where he was a member of three outdoor and two indoor state championship teams, earned all-metro honors and posted the second-longest shot put throw in the city (57-8.5).
Personal: Born Eric Thomas, Jr., on May 4, 1995, in New Orleans, La...son of Eric and Tracey Thomas...has one brother, Cody...father, Eric Sr., played football at Grambling State...majoring in business.
Thomas' Career Defensive Statistics