UNLV: A super-speedy back who was the top freshman runner in the conference in 2015 and followed that up with a career-high 642 yards as sophomore last fall … Will compete with Charles Williams for the starting tailback spot this season … Already has seven career 100-yard rushing games, which ties him with two other backs for 11th on the school’s all-time list … Joined by fellow Lone Star State product Xzaviar Campbell in the Rebel backfield.
2016: Appeared in 10 games and finished second on squad with 642 yards while leading squad with eight rushing touchdowns … Also caught six passes for 83 yards and two more scores … Turned in three straight 100-yard rushing games during the season … Bolted for 112 yards on 19 attempts vs. UCLA at the Rose Bowl on Sept. 10, 113 yards on 17 carries at Central Michigan one week later and a career-high 160 vs. Idaho on just 19 attempts Sept. 24 … His fourth century-mark effort of the fall came in a win at Hawai’i on Oct. 15 when he finished with 102 on 21 carries, including a 34-yard run to the end zone … Had two long scoring sprints: a 55-yarder scoring vs. Idaho just one week after going untouched for an 85-yard TD run against CMU … The run in Mount Pleasant marked the longest by a Rebel RB since Darin Brightmon’s school-record 89-yarder vs. New Mexico State in 1989.
2015: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by playing in all 12 games … Finished second on the team with 506 net rushing yards and three touchdowns on just 81 attempts for a gaudy per-carry average of 6.2, which ranked ninth in the country among freshman backs with at least 500 yards … Despite coming off the bench, Lex tied the school’s freshman record for 100-yard games with three … Rushed for 106 yards and one touchdown on just seven carries in Game Four vs. Idaho State … Ran a season-high 17 times for a career-high 120 yards and a score vs. Hawai’i in Game Nine … Followed that up by sprinting for 118 yards and a score on just 11 attempts at Colorado State in Game 10 … Caught 10 passes for 100 yards with a long of 26 … Also returned 12 kickoffs for 250 yards and 20.8-yard average.
HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterwinner at Benjamin Davis HS in Aldine, TX, under coach James Showers … Earned all-district first team honors as a senior … Also a four-year letterwinner in track.
PERSONAL: Lexington Ryan Thomas was born in Houston, TX … The son of Warren Williams and Stacy Thomas … Has two brothers: Gavin Thomas and Dylan Williams, and one sister, Monique … Majoring in urban studies.