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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