Originally posted by m_brockalexander:Originally posted by TX9R:
I would hate if we took a S, but if we did it had better be Earl Thomas, who actually is a playmaker.
Thomas has been getting a little run on the draft boards lately. I have only seen a few Texas games, but the guy usually makes some plays whenever I catch them on the TV. What are his measureables? Is he a FS or SS prospect?
I've seen every game he's played and he just gets better and better. Similar in size to Ed Reed, 5'10 197, but has a knack for big plays. I'd like to see him get another year of experience, but that's unlikely given his stock now:
Third-year safety who has started 23 games over the last two years ... named to the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back) ... owns 120 tackles, including 80 solos, six TFL, 30 PBU, five forced fumbles, eight INTs, two TDs and one blocked punt for his career ... started all 13 games at strong safety in 2008 ... named first-team Freshman All-America by College Football News and The Sporting News ... tabbed honorable mention All-Big 12 ... was seond on the team with 63 tackles ... led the team with 17 PBU (No. 1 on UT's all-time freshman list) ... also tallied two INTs, three TFL, four forced fumbles and a blocked punt ... gained valuable experience working at both safety and cornerback as a redshirt in 2007 ... was a four-sport letterman and an honor roll student as a prepster ... tabbed all-state as a senior ... was a three-year starter at DB, RB and WR ... also lettered in basketball, baseball and track and field.
Started 10 games at safety ... named to the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back) ... has 48 tackles, including 29 solos, six TFL,12 PBU, six INTs and two TDs on the season ... tallied five INTs over a four-game stretch between Texas Tech and Oklahoma games ... named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Sep. 28 for his effort against UTEP and on Oct. 19 for his effort vs. Oklahoma ... logged three tackles and two PBU against ULM ... registered two tackles and two PBU at Wyoming ... notched a team-high 10 tackles, one INT and two PBU against Texas Tech ... tallied two INTs and one tackle versus UTEP ... returned an INT 92-yards for a TD (t-No. 2 on the UT list for longest INT returns) and logged four tackles against Colorado ... notched one INT, seven tackles, two TFL, one forced fumble and three PBU versus Oklahoma ... tallied a team-high eight tackles at Missouri ... returned an INT 31 yards for a TD and logged two tackles and two PBU at Oklahoma State ... logged six tackles versus UCF.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2008)
Started all 13 games at safety ... also a key contributor on special teams ... named first-team Freshman All-America by the Football Writers Association of America, College Football News and The Sporting News ... tabbed honorable mention All-Big 12 by The Associated Press and the league's coaches ... named UT's Most Productive Defensive Performer three times ... recorded 72 tackles (51 solo), two INTs, 17 PBU (No. 1 on UT's all-time freshman list), three TFL, four forced fumbles and a blocked punt ... opened his collegiate career by tallying five tackles, two PBU, a forced fumble and a blocked punt against FAU ... notched six tackles at UTEP ... tallied three tackles versus Rice ... recorded four tackles and a PBU against Arkansas ... added two tackles and two PBU at Colorado ... posted three tackles, two INTs, two PBU and a forced fumble against No. 1 Oklahoma ... logged five tackles versus No. 11 Missouri ... tallied nine tackles, two PBU, a pressure and a forced fumble against No. 7 Oklahoma State ... notched 10 tackles and two PBU at No. 6 Texas Tech ... recorded five tackles, three TFL, two PBU, a pressure and a forced fumble versus Baylor ... posted five tackles and two PBU at Kansas ... added six tackles and a pressure against Texas A&M ... logged a team-high nine tackles and two PBU versus No. 10 Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl ... redshirted in 2007