Thursday, September 23, 2010

Under The Radar: Daniel Thomas

First off I would like to apologize for the lack of posts. This job I am at is making me work, which I think is completely ridiculous but they don't seem to care.

Now that the season is fully underway 2ndnShort would like to give some love to the guy's we feel don't get enough. Obviously the guys names that you hear all day long on TV and the internet are nasty, but some guys don't get nearly enough attention.

Meet Daniel Thomas #8, RB, Kansas State:


So far this season Thomas has run for 552 yards and 6 TD's...absurd. In his first game of the season he ran for 234 yards on 28 carries against UCLA.

Taking a step back so you know where this kid came from. Originally from Florida (of course) he killed it in HS as a QB (of course) and then moved on to JUCO in Mississippi (not of course).

In JUCO he put up really good numbers as dual threat QB, and was ranked as the 35th best JUCO player in the country as he earned All-American honors.

After his JUCO stint he was discovered by Kansas State and had a breakout first year leading the Big 12 in rushing and getting himself Big 12 First Team honors, and Newcomer of the year award.

Due to his stint at JUCO last year was his Junior year and this season will be his last at K-State.

Thomas is on pace to be a finalist for the Doak Walker Award (best RB in the nation), and at this pace could very well win it. One of Thomas' best attributes is his agility, he is very hard to get a solid hit on and escapes tackles on the reg. After reading that you might think he is a smaller dude, if 6-2 230lbs is small then you are correct.This dude is a beast.

So now that you know about Daniel Thomas be on the lookout for him, he gets a lot of carries and is going to get a lot of yards. He should definitely be a Doak Walker finalist by the end of the year, and if he keeps up this pace will certainly have NFL scouts taking a look.



(I can't watch these highlights without mentioning one thing, he does lack breakaway speed, but at 6-2 230 very few guys posses that...i.e. AP...this kid is still a monster stud regardless)

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