*Thorpe Award Candidate*
*2001 Preseason MWC Def. Player of the Year*
*Two-time First Team All-MWC*
UNLV: Described by head coach John Robinson as one of the best college football players in the United States, the Mountain West Conference?s top cornerback will return as a senior in 2001 ? Listed as college football?s 23rd-best NFL prospect by FOXsports.com ? A preseason second-team All-America selection by Athlon magazine a year ago, he was tabbed third team this season by the same publication ? Named preseason MWC Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, this year by Lindy?s and Street & Smith?s ? Also tabbed first team All-MWC by six preseason magazines ? Tabbed the No. 2 overall player in the MWC behind only teammate Jason Thomas by Lindy?s ? A member of the Watch List for the annual Jim Thorpe Award ? Already the school?s leader in pass breakups with 45 ? Is super quick and reads receivers well ? Has knack for being in right place at right time ? 2000: Named first team All-Mountain West Conference by the league?s coaches, media and Football News ... Finished fifth on team with 46 total tackles ? Missed most of season finale at Hawaii with ankle injury was back at full strength for Las Vegas Bowl IX where he added three UT and broke up three Arkansas pass attempts ? Led squad with seven tackles and one PBU at San Diego State ... Scored third touchdown of his career, returning a fumble 31 yards for a score late in game at Utah ... Made a season-best 10 tackles against Wyoming and defended two passes ... Named MWC Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 2 after intercepting a pass for second straight week and returning it 32 yards against Air Force ... That interception marked his seventh career pick, which tied him for 10th on UNLV career interception list ... Made one tackle and gave up just one reception at Colorado State ... Recorded a career-high six pass breakups against Nevada, Reno ... Finished second in MWC with 16 passes defended (2 INT + 14 PBU) ... Grabbed sixth career interception and first of the season at BYU, stepping in front of the first Cougar pass of the day and returning it seven yards ... Made two tackles in a quiet performance against North Texas ... Helped defense hold the Eagles to just 163 yards through the air ... Was team?s second-leading tackler at Iowa State, recording eight takedowns ... Also broke up one pass ? 1999: Named first team All-MWC by Football News ? Led team and finished fourth in conference and 20th in nation with five interceptions ? Also led league in passes defended with 29 (5 INT, 24 PBU) ? His 24 pass breakups eclipsed a 16-year-old record of 18 set by Anthony Blue in 1984 ? Turned in college football?s most shocking play of 1999 when he returned a fumble 100 yards against Baylor with no time remaining to hand UNLV a 27-24 upset road win ? Also scored on his first career interception when he returned a pick 49 yards for a touchdown to seal victory at North Texas ? Finished with 52 total tackles, good for seventh on the squad ? Tabbed by The Sporting News as preseason second team all-league ... 1998: Started all 11 games at right corner as a redshirt freshman ... Finished 12th on team with 41 tackles ... Led Rebels with seven pass breakups, which tied for 18th in the WAC ... Also tied for squad lead with two fumble recoveries ... 1997: Redshirted ... HIGH SCHOOL: A 1997 graduate of Foothill HS ... A two-year letterwinner for coach Frank Negri as both a DB and wide receiver ... Recorded five interceptions as senior and three as junior ... Named first team all-conference as senior as well as being the team?s defensive MVP ... Tabbed second team All-Metro as a DB ... A top return man who had four punt returns for scores in 1996 ... Helped Mustangs to a 12-1 record ... Also a two-time all-league small forward on basketball team ... PERSONAL: Marvin Kevin Thomas was born on July 28, 1978, in Phoenix ... The son of Marvin and Yolando Thomas ... Nickname is K.T ? Majoring in social science studies.