New head coach Curtis Johnson discussed the Green Wave's preseason practice and outlook for 2012
New head coach Curtis Johnson pleased with his team's progress after three sessions
Green Wave opens Johnson era with intense, two-hour practice
Orleans Darkwa scores twice; Tulane Defense forces two interceptions, safety
Career Notes: Two-year letterman has run nine times for 26 yards (2.9 avg.), caguth three passes for 37 yards (12.3 avg.), returned five punts for 20 yards (4.0 avg.) and returned 10 kickoffs for 241 yards (24.1 avg.) for his career...played in 18 games...looking to make successful transition from running back to wide receiver as a junior.
2011: Saw action in 12 games as a sophomore...finished third on the team in both kickoff returns (3) and kickoff return yardage (96) while running seven times for 20 yards and returning one punt for nine yards...had a career-high four carries for 11 yards vs Southeastern Louisiana (9/3)...hauled in an 18-yard pass vs UTEP (10/15) and a 14-yarder vs Tulsa (9/10)...had a career-long 66-yard kickoff return in the season finale at Hawai'i (11/26).
2010: Played in six games as a true freshman...finished second on the team in punt returns (4) and punt return yardage (11) and fourth in kickoffs (7) and kickoff return yardage (145) while running twice for six yards and catching one pass for a five-yard gain...had a career-best three kickoff returns for 66 yards, including a season-long 23 yarder, vs SMU (10/30)...made collegiate debut at UTEP (10/23) when he returned two kickoffs for 44 yards and logged both offensive carries...caught lone pass and returned a kickoff for 21 yards at UCF (11/20).
High School: Four-year letterman at University Lab where he saw time at running back and cornerback for head coach John Shoptau...named a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com...ranked the No. 170 running back in the nation by Scout.com and the No. 50 recruit in Louisiana by Dandy Don...named first-team All-District 7-2A in each of his final three prep seasons...ran for over 2,200 yards for his career, including 1,105 yards as a senior...selected to play in the Red Stick Bowl All-Star Game in Baton Rouge, suiting up for the Black Knights...ran for a career-high 215 yards as a junior against Calgary Baptist...also lettered twice in basketball and track and field.
Personal: Born Jamar Rachad Thomas on Jan. 18, 1992, in Jacksonville, Fla...son of Edward Thomas and Jackie Moore...has one sister, Adrian Chapman...majoring in communications.
Thomas' Career Offensive Statistics
Thomas' Career Return Statistics