Enters the season as the backup to Paul Bolden at one of the defensive tackle slots … Excellent size makes him a valuable run-stopper for the Minutemen … Has played in 31 career games, making four starts.
1998:Served as a backup for the Minutemen at defensive tackle … Played in every game on the season, starting three times (at Delaware, Richmond and McNeese State) … Had 12 tackles on the year, including two for loss and six solo stops … Had a pair of tackles against Georgia Southern in the NCAA championship game, including a sack for six yards … Made three tackles at Rhode Island … Recorded two tackles at New Hampshire, one for loss … Made two tackles against Buffalo, including one sack.
1997:Saw action in all 11 games at defensive tackle, making one start (against Villanova) … Finished with 23 tackles (five solo) with one tackle for loss … Made four tackles in lone start at Villanova … Had four tackles against New Hampshire … Posted three tackles against Richmond … Recorded three tackles against Hofstra.
1996:Saw action in the first five games of the season … Made three tackles.
1995:Redshirted. Before UMass: Played offensive and defensive tackle for Steve Ross at James Madison High School … Recorded 100 tackles, including a school-record 10 sacks, during his high school career … Totaled 60 tackles and six sacks as a senior … All-City, All-New York Daily News and All-Borough selection during his senior year … Team captain as a senior … Played in the Brooklyn Coaches All-Star Game after his senior season.
Personal:Full name is Jamil Thomas … Son of Jimmy and Phyllis Thomas … Born December 3, 1976 in Brooklyn, N.Y. … His uncle, Cliff Pedrow, was a member of UMass' 1978 football team that played in the first-ever NCAA Division I-AA championship game … Majoring in Sociology.
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