It seemed like just another team meeting in the McCareins Room at the Yordon Center Saturday, August 16. Take a look at behind the scenes footage of the Huskies unveiling of their new uniforms on August 16, pranking the team before revealing them.
NIU rallied for a 30-27 victory over Iowa Saturday.
2015 • Played in 11 games, starting the first 10 before going down with an injury. • Finished fourth among NIU defensive linemen with 26 total tackles, 12 solo. • Tallied 1.5 tackles for loss. • Had at least one tackle in nine games with multiple stops in six contests. • Recorded a career-high six tackles at Toledo (11-3) with five solo. • Named NIU Co-Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Rockets, which also included a solo tackle for loss. • Figured in five total tackles the previous game versus Eastern Michigan (10-24), which was a new career high at the time. • Assisted on a tackle for loss against the Eagles as well. • Tied his high total from the previous season with four total stops against Murray State (9-12) and again at Boston College (9-26).
2014 • Appeared in all 14 games, starting the final 13 contests at nose guard. • Led all NIU interior defensive linemen with 35 total tackles, 13 solo. • Had 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack. • Made his first collegiate start at Northwestern (9-6), making three tackles and earning NIU Defensive Lineman of the Week honors. • Recorded 11 multi-tackle games, including four stops at Arkansas (9-20), versus Toledo (11-11), at Western Michigan (11-28) and in the Boca Raton Bowl against Marshall (12-23). • Had two tackles for loss against Toledo (11-11), including his first career sack. • Also recorded half a tackle for loss at Ball State (11-5). • Forced a key fumble on the NIU goal-line that Dechane Durante recovered in the MAC-West clinching win at Western Michigan (11-28). 2013 • Appeared in one game versus Eastern Michigan (10-26).
2012 • Redshirted. • Named the Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week after the UT Martin (9-8) and Toledo (11-14) games.
High School • Earned all-conference honors after his junior season. • Named all-area by Tom Lemming of MaxPreps.com after totaling 66 tackles and six sacks as a junior. • Team captain during his senior year. • Earned all-city honors as a sophomore at Lindblom. • Team MVP for the Eagles' water polo team as a junior.
Personal • Born Dec. 3, 1993, in Chicago, Ill. • English major.
THOMAS' SINGLE GAME CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 6, at Toledo, 11-3-15 Sacks: 1.0, vs. Toledo, 11-11-14 Tackles For Loss: 2, vs. Toledo, 11-11-14