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Terrell Thomas

Terrell Thomas during his tenure at USC.
No. 24     New York Giants
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: January 8, 1985 (1985-01-08) (age 25)
Place of birth: Alta Loma, California
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 199 lb (90 kg)
Career information
College: USC
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 63
Debuted in 2008 for the New York Giants
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Tackles     77
Sacks     1.0
INTs     4
Stats at NFL.com

Terrell Thomas (born January 8, 1985) is an American football defensive back for the New York Giants of the National Football League.

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High school career

Thomas prepped at Rancho Cucamonga High School.

Received a scholarship offer from Oregon State and labeled one of the most athletic players in the state after his Sophomore Year.

As a junior he racked up 78 tackles, 5 interceptions had 15 catches for 250 yards and 6 touchdowns. Received All Baseline League honors for the 2nd year in a row.

As a senior he had 300 yards receiving to go with 5 touchdowns. Rushed for 1300 yards and had 16 rushing touchdowns. Added 600 yards returning for a total of 2200 yards of total offense. On the defensive side of the ball he had 115 tackes, 7 deflections, 4 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery. He was named leagues MVP and Area Offensive Player of the year. He was selected to the 2002 Super Prep All-American team, All CIF Division II first team, Tom Lemming All-West, LA Times All-Inland Empire DIrst Team and Press Telegram's Best in the West First Team.

College career

Thomas played college football at the University of Southern California under head coach Pete Carroll. He was named a 2007 third team preseason All-American. He was also named to the 2007 Jim Thorpe Award Watch List.

In his Senior Year at USC in 2007 he had 57 passes thrown his way, allowing only 29.8% of those passes to be completed. He gave up 17 catches for 149 yards and 1 touchdown. On average he gave up 8.76 yards per catch and gave up an outstanding 2.61 yards per pass attempt. He also had 4 interceptions and was voted to his second straight All Pac-10 2nd Team , prior to the start of 2007 spring drills, Thomas underwent surgery to repair a left shoulder dislocation. He returned to start all 13 games and again received All-Pac 10 2nd-team recognition. Thomas ranked 9th on the squad with 45 tackles (31 solo) and had a sack with 4.5 stops for losses. He forced 3 fumbles, recovered another and batted away 7 passes , he also gained 44 yards on 4 interception returns . He was the senior member and leader of the secondary that held Brady Quinn to his lowest college completion percentage in a November 2006 game. He was a coaches and Rivals.com second team all Pac 10 in 2006 .

In 2005, Thomas took over strong side (right) cornerback for the first 2 games of the 2005 season, but he suffered torn ligaments in his right knee vs. Arkansas, underwent surgery and was lost for the rest of the year , he finished with 5 solo tackles and a pass break-up , Thomas reclaimed his right cornerback job in 2006, earning All-Pac 10 Conference 2nd-team honors. He ranked 7th on the team with 50 tackles (35 solo) and had 3 sacks for losses of 32 yards. He Added 2 fumble recoveries, including 1 he returned for a touchdown . He also intercepted 2 passes and deflected 12 others . In 2004, Thomas played in 11 games as a reserve cornerback after moving over from free safety in spring drills , most of his playing time was in the dime packages and on special teams and he made 9 tackles (7 solo), but also batted away a pair of passes and intercepted 2 others solo tackles and a pass break-up .

Professional career

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2008 NFL Draft

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6′1″ 202 lb X in. X in. 4.45 1.45 2.54 X 7.18 30.5 in. 10′3″ 14 rep 20
All values from NFL Combine[1]

Thomas was drafted by the New York Giants in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Thomas was the 63rd overall pick of the draft and the final pick of the second round. After initially being handed #30 by the Giants, Thomas decided to change his number to #24 before the start of the 2008-2009 NFL regular season, due to the fact that in Thomas' opinion he considered #30 to be a "safety number"[citation needed]

2008 Season

Thomas missed games in his rookie season due to injuries. When he recovered from his injury he played behind Corey Webster and Aaron Ross .

Thomas made the first interception of his NFL career against the Arizona Cardinals in week 12 of the 2008 NFL season, returning it 13 yards. [2].

The Giants failed to win in the postseason and their season was ended by their long time rivals the Philadelphia Eagles. Thomas ended his rookie season by playing in 12 games and starting 2. He mostly played in nickel packages and contributed in Special Teams. He accounted for 45 tackles, 1 interception, 4 passes defended and 1 force fumble.

2009 Season

In the 2009 season, Thomas was once again behind Webster and Ross on the depth chart. During training camp Ross was hampered by a hamstring injury. This move allowed Thomas to take snaps as the second corner. Ross inability to heal from his hamstring injury placed Thomas as the starting corner for the 2009 season. Thomas took advantage of the opportunity, before the bye Thomas had 41 tackles, 9 passes defended, 3 interceptions, 1 sack and 1 force fumble. Aaron Ross was able to come back after the bye but Thomas held on firmly to his starting spot. Ross was asked to split time as Free Safety due to lack of depth at the position and Thomas' outstanding play.

When the Giants played the Washington Redskins Thomas was a little upset because his name wasn't in the Redskins pamphlet as a player to watch for. Thomas felt slighted and contributed 4 tackles, 2 passes defended, 1 interception and 1 TD in a Giants' victory of 45-12.

Thomas finished the season as the number one corner because of injuries to Corey Webster and Aaron Ross being placed on injured reserve. His stats were 85 tackles, the highest on the team, 5 interceptions, 1 sack, 18 passes defended and 1 force fumble. He was tied for twelfth in interceptions for the league.

Personal

Thomas is known as T2 in the locker room

Kenny Phillips is one of his closet friends on the team. They were drafted together and were often roommates when the team traveled.

Steve Smith has been his teammate since 2003 when they were freshmen at USC excluding one year in 07. Thomas had one more year of eligibility and stayed at USC, Steve Smith went pro.

He played against Mario Manningham, teammate, in the Rose Bowl.

References

  1. ^ 2008 NFL Combine Results - Defensive Players
  2. ^ "NFL Game Center: Play-by-Play - New York Giants at Arizona Cardinals". NFL.com. November 26, 2008. http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/playbyplay?game_id=29700&displayPage=tab_play_by_play&season=2008&week=REG12&override=true. Retrieved 2008-11-26. 

http://www.thehuddle.com/x8/nfl_draft/2008-combine-def.php

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