First-year head coach talks about the state of the Green Wave and this weekend's opponent, UL-Lafayette
Green Wave opens Johnson era with intense, two-hour practice
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Career Notes: Two-year letterman has 17 tackles (10 solo, 7 assists), one forced fumble, one interception and a pass break-up during his career...played in 14 games with four starts...figures to once again contribute on special teams and push for time in the defensive backfield.
2012: Saw action in 10 games with one start at strong safety as a sophomore...finished tied for ninth on the team in pass break-ups (1) while posting seven tackles (2 solo, 7 assists)...three of his stops came on special teams...had a season-best four tackles (2 solo, 2 assists) and a pass break-up at Louisiana-Lafeyette (10/6)...had two assisted tackles at Tulsa (9/8) and one assisted stop at UTEP (10/20).
2011: Played in four games with three starts as a true freshman...despite having season cut short due to injury, still finished tied for third on the team in interceptions (1) and tied for fourth in force fumbles (1) while tallying 10 tackles (8 solo, 2 assists)...had a career-best five stops (3 solo, 2 assists) vs Tulsa (9/10)...had two solo stops and first career interception at UAB (9/17)...posted three solo tackles and a forced fumble at Duke (9/24).
High School: Three-year letterman at St. Augustine High for coach David Johnson...named a three-star recruit and the No. 84 safety in the nation by Scout.com while garnering two-star recognition by Scout.com...helped the Purple Knights post a combined 18-14 record, including a 9-3 mark with a trip to the playoffs as a senior...named honorable-mention all-state and first-team All-District 10-5A after posting 77 tackles, 18 pass break-ups, four interceptions, two blocked punts and a pair of defensive touchdowns as a senior...began his prep career as a quarterback before moving to safety as a junior...also lettered four years in baseball.
Personal: Born Renaldo Thomas, Jr., on May 25, 1992, in New Orleans, La...son of Judith Thomas and the late Renaldo, Sr...has one sister, Shereece...cousin, Chad Jones played collegiate football and baseball at LSU and was drafted by both the NFL's New York Giants and MLB's Milwaukee Brewers...undecided on major.
Thomas' Career Defensive Statistics