UNLV: Will start at quarterback for Rebels for third consecutive season in 2002 ? Finally 100 percent healthy after suffering through effects of shoulder surgery a season ago and playing on a bad ankle the year before ? Looks to return to form after struggling as a junior ? The first QB in school history to rush for 1,000 yards ? Tabbed the MWC preseason most valuable player by Lindy?s as well as first team All-MWC by The Sporting News ? Described by many as the most important recruit in school history ... Chose UNLV over such programs as Nebraska, Miami, Syracuse and Kansas State ... Transferred to UNLV before the 1999 season after redshirting for one year at Southern California while recovering from injury sustained as a prepster ... Brings pro-like size and strength to the quarterback position, yet is very nimble and scrambles with the ball well ... Has thrown a football at least 70 yards in the air ... Also an accomplished basketball player who flirted with playing for the Runnin? Rebels as well before his injuries ?
2001: A preseason Second Team All-America selection by Phil Steele?s preview magazine ? Also tabbed by Lindy?s (No. 10), Phil Steele?s (No. 7) and CBS Sportsline.com (one of 18) as a Heisman Trophy candidate for 2001 ? The preseason conference MVP according to Lindy?s also was chosen the league?s offensive player of the year by The Sporting News, Street & Smith?s and Preview Sports ? Listed as the No. 1 player overall in the MWC by Lindy?s and Collegefootballnews.com ? One of 30 signal-callers who were included on Davey O?Brien Watch List ?Started 10 of 11 games in second year ? Spelled by Kurt Nantkes at New Mexico because of the flu to miss his first start of the season ? Struggled with his throwing motion at times following off-season shoulder surgery ? Hit only four of 16 pass attempts at Arkansas to open campaign but rushed for 103 yards on just 12 carries vs. tough Hog defense for third century-mark game of career ? Ranked sixth in MWC and 69th in nation in total offense with 183.4 YPG ? Finished fifth in league in passing yards per game with 135.5 ? Rushed for 97 yards at Wyoming and threw for career-best three scores in win over Pokes ? Ran for 481 yards during season to top 1,000-yard career mark ? Tallied 52 yards and a TD on the ground vs. SDSU another 133 yards and a score through the air ? Tossed two touchdowns and a career-high 304 yards vs. Northwestern ?
2000: Voted the MWC Offensive Newcomer of the Year by the league?s media ? Named 2000 preseason first team All-Mountain West Conference by Lindy?s magazine before ever stepping on the field ? Tabbed MWC Newcomer of the Year by Lindy?s magazine and league?s offensive newcomer of the year by The Sporting News ? Despite foot injury, already became his school?s career rushing quarterback with 599 yards ? Threw at least one TD pass in all but one of 13 games played (BYU) ... Despite missing seven quarters of play, was able to lead his team to three consecutive victories at the end of last season ? Got UNLV bowl eligible and went on to win MVP honors in Las Vegas Bowl with stunning performance before national TV audience ? Put on show in Las Vegas Bowl by lighting up Arkansas? top-10 defense when he completed 12 of 17 pass attempts (LV Bowl record .706 completion pct.) for 217 yards and three touchdowns without throwing an interception ... Also rushed for 32 yards on 10 carries ? Hit Troy Mason with a pin-point 54-yard touchdown throw in the third quarter that traveled more than 60 yards in the air ? Against Hawaii, ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to get Rebels into bowl contention ... His 126 yards on just 10 carries vs. Warriors made him first UNLV QB to ever rush for 100 yards in a game twice in a career ? Set career highs for pass attempts (31), completions (19) and yards (277) in win at San Diego State ... Also threw two scoring strikes in that game ? a 53-yarder to Bobby Nero and an 16-yard toss to Nate Turner ... Capped a 10-play, 69-yard scoring drive in the last three minutes of the game with a two-yard TD toss to Nate Turner to lead UNLV to a come-from-behind win over New Mexico ... Did not play at Utah, still suffering from a sprained foot ... Scored two touchdowns and threw for another at Ole Miss ... Suffered sprain of his right foot at Colorado State that forced him to miss the second half of that game ... Ran for two TDs and threw for two more in win over Nevada, Reno ... Named MWC Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 2 after leading UNLV to win over Air Force with one rushing TD and one passing TD ... Threw for 200 yards in back-to-back games (253 vs. Air Force, 202 vs. BYU) ... Threw for a two-point conversion and rushed for one vs. Air Force ... Recorded UNLV?s first 200-yard passing game of the season at BYU on 11-of-17 passing for 202 yards ... Had a 72-yard breakaway on a QB draw at BYU, UNLV?s longest run from scrimmage since an 89-yard rush by Darin Brightmon against New Mexico State in 1989 ... Threw for two touchdowns and 129 yards on 6-for-11 passing and rushed for another 74 yards and a score despite only playing a little more than two quarters against North Texas ... Hooked up with Turner for a 57-yard TD to open the scoring, the second straight week in which the two had connected for a score of more than 50 yards ... Made his eagerly awaited collegiate debut at Iowa State and led the Rebels in both rushing and passing ... Scored UNLV?s first touchdown of the season, scampering 45 yards on his first series as a collegian ... Completed nine of 25 pass attempts for 190 yards, two touchdowns and one interception ... Became third Rebel QB in history to rush for more than 100 yards, gaining 107 yards on 21 carries ?
1999: Sat out season per NCAA transfer rules, but dazzled onlookers while running the Rebel scout team ? AT USC: Redshirted 1998 season while rehabilitating injury suffered as prep senior ?
HIGH SCHOOL: A 1998 graduate of Dominguez High School in Compton, CA ... Named a 1997 Parade All-American, SuperPrep National 50, The Sporting News Top 100, SuperPrep All-American, PrepStar Dream Team, PrepStar All-American, SuperPrep All-Far West, PrepStar All-Western Region Super 30 and first team Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West as a senior quarterback despite missing most of the season with a dislocated ankle ... Threw for 1,431 yards and 10 TDs and rushed for 694 yards and 22 TDs as a junior in 1996 ... Honored that season as USA Today All-USA honorable mention, Student Sports Junior All-American, Cal-HI Sports All-State first team and All-CIF Division II Offensive MVP ... Also lettered in basketball at Dominguez, leading the Dons to back-to-back California state Division II titles ... Among other hoops honors, was named to the Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West, becoming only the fourth player ever to earn the honor in both football and basketball ... Also tabbed a first team Student Sports Grid-Hoops All-American in 1997 and ?98 ... Named the 1997 Student Sports California Junior Athlete of the Year and the 1996 Student Sports California Sophomore Athlete of the Year ...
PERSONAL: Jason E. Thomas was born on Dec. 16, 1979 in Los Angeles ? The son of Charles and Lois Thomas, both of whom have moved to Las Vegas ? Sister, Nicole, was a hurdler on Arizona?s track team ... Second cousin Daylon McCutcheon played cornerback at USC from 1995-98 and is a member of the Cleveland Browns ? Majoring in sociology ... Welcomed daughter, Jalynn Enfinity Thomas, Dec. 7, 2001.
THOMAS? OFFENSIVE STATS RUSHING YEAR ATT YDS AVG TD LG 2001 107 481 4.5 4 53 2000 138 599 4.3 11 72 TOTAL 245 1080 4.4 15 72