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    Pierre Thomas
    30 Pierre Thomas
    Hometown:
    Lynwood, Ill

    High School:
    Thornton Fractional South

    Height / Weight:
    5-11 / 210

    Position:
    RB

    Birthdate:
    12/18/1984

    Lettered:
    2003-06

    10/28/2006

    Illinois at Wisconsin

    Illinois at Wisconsin


    Career: Broke the school record for career kickoff return yardage with 1,495 yards ... Ranks sixth on the Illini career rushing list with 2,545 yards ... Ranks second on the Illini career all-purpose yardage list with 4,451 ... Posted nine career 100-yard rushing games.

    2006: Earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors ... Named team captain for the second straight year ... Also won team's Most Outstanding Back Award ... Led team in rushing for the third consecutive year ... Posted 755 yards on 131 carries for a 5.8 average per carry ... Recorded 105 yards against Purdue, scoring one touchdown and also running for a season long 62 yards on one rush ... Averaged 7.2 yards per carry with 8 rushes for 58 yards, including a 43-yarder vs. Ohio State ... Rushed for 126 yards and a TD on 22 carries against Indiana ... Rushed for 110 yards on 18 carries at Michigan State ... Rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries against Eastern Illinois.

    2005: Earned team award for Most Valuable Player for the second straight year ... Also named team captain for the 2005 season as voted by the team ... Led the team in rushing for the second straight year ... Recorded 664 yards rushing on 127 carries, scoring five touchdowns ... Also caught 28 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown ... Had the team's longest run from scrimmage on a 35-yard carry at Purdue ... Ranked 10th in the Big Ten in all-purpose yards, averaging 122.7 per game ... Averaged 23.0 yards per kickoff return to rank seventh in the league ... Finished the season ranked 13th on the all-time Illinois rushing list ... Rushed for 100 yards at Iowa on 15 carries, averaging 6.7 yards per rush, while also catching five passes for 28 yards ... Nearly reached 100 yards in the season finale as he finished with 97 yards and a touchdown ... Caught a career-long 52-yard pass at California ... Posted the third-longest kickoff return of his career with a 48-yarder against San Jose State ... Finished the game with over 200 all-purpose yards at Cal with 57 yards rushing, 59 yards receiving and 92 yards in kickoff returns ... Had seven games with over 100 all-purpose yards ... Scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime of Illinois' season opener against Rutgers.

    2004: Earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors from the conference coaches ... Named the team's Most Valuable Player ... Led the conference in all-purpose yards, which ranked 13th in the country (151.4 per contest) ... Averaged 27.1 yards per kickoff return, which ranked third in the league and 10th in the nation ... Became the 31st player in Illinois history to rush for over 1,000 career yards (1,126) ... Ranked fifth in the Big Ten in rushing with 81.2 yards per game ... Also had the Big Ten's fifth-best touchdown scoring average with 5.5 points per game ... Ranks second in school history for single-season kickoff return yardage with 677 ... Tallied a career-high 188 yards rushing on 21 carries at Michigan State ... Had a career-long 69-yard run - Illinois' longest run of the season - and rushed for two TDs against the Spartans ... His 188 yards rushing were the most by a UI player since Antoineo Harris had 195 yards vs. Purdue during the 2002 season ... Ran for 185 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries vs. Indiana that included a 44-yard scoring run ... Posted his fourth 100-yard game of the season with 131 yards against Northwestern, scoring two touchdowns ... Had a career-high seven receptions vs. Michigan ... Caught one touchdown and rushed for another against the Wolverines ... Returned three kickoffs for a total of 132 yards with one touchdown vs. Western Michigan ... Returned the game's opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, which tied the third-longest kickoff return in Memorial Stadium history ... His average of 44.0 yards per kick return vs. WMU was the second highest single-game performance in school history, while total of 132 yards tied the fourth highest single-game kickoff return yardage in school history ... Had three kickoff returns for 121 yards vs. Purdue the following week, which included a 72-yard kick return ... Is just the second player in school history, following Harold "Red" Grange, to record two career kickoff returns over 70 yards ... Set a UI opening-day record with 143 yards rushing vs. Florida A&M ... Rushed for two TDs vs. FAMU.

    2003: Team's second leading rusher with 233 yards on 43 carries ... Caught three passes for 12 yards and returned seven kicks for 134 yards ... Scored two touchdowns at Michigan ... Rushed for 78 yards on nine carries in his collegiate debut vs. Illinois State, including a career-long run of 35 yards ... Gained 70 yards on 15 carries vs. Minnesota.

    High School: Named a national Top-100 recruit by the Chicago Sun-Times ... Champaign News-Gazette Player of the Year ... Named to the USA Today Old Spice Red Zone Top-50 National Team ... Earned Offensive Player of the Year honors from the Daily Southtown ... Made the Sun-Times Top-100 Chicago Area recruit list ... Named to SuperPrep All-America team ... Two-time All-State selection at running back by the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune ... Totaled over 5,522 rushing yards for his career and found the end zone 88 times ... Gained over 3,200 yards as a sophomore and junior, before racking up 2,365 yards and 38 scores his senior season ... Had a career-high 304 rushing yards in a single game in 2002 ... Had 27 100-yard rushing games, including 11 with over 200 yards ... Scored five touchdowns in back-to-back contests as a junior ... Rated the No. 1 player in the SICA Orange Conference in 2002 ... Earned All-Area and All-Conference honors as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Also earned Player of the Year honors from Thornton Fractional South High School ... High School coach was Tom Padjen.

    Personal: Full given name is Charles Pierre Thomas Jr. ... Born Dec. 18, 1984 in Chicago, Ill. ... The son of Charles and Greta Jo Thomas ... Majoring in sport management ... Has one sister ... Enjoys playing video games and collecting sports cards ... Favorite athlete is Barry Sanders.

    Career Highs
    Carries: 37 at Northwestern, 11/20/04
    Yards: 188 at Michigan State, 10/9/04
    Long Rush: 69 at Michigan State, 10/9/04
    Rush TDs: 2, five times (last time vs. Eastern Illinois 9/2/06)
    Rec. Yards: 59 at California, 9/17/05
    Receptions: Receptions: 7 vs. Michigan, 10/16/04
    Rec. TDs: 1 vs. Michigan, 10/16/04 & vs. Michigan State, 9/24/05
    Long Reception: 52 at California, 9/17/05
    Kick Return for TD: 99 yds vs. W. Michigan, 9/18/04
    All-Purpose Yds.: 288 at Michigan St., 10/9/04

    Thomas' Game-By-Game Offensive Statistics

    R U S H I N G R E C E I V I N G
    GAME/YEAR G CAR YDS TD LG REC YDS TD LG
    ILLINOIS STATE 97803500 0 0
    CALIFORNIA 120200 0 0
    at Purdue 000000 0 0
    MICHIGAN STATE 85702000 0 0
    at Michigan 10262718 0 8
    MINNESOTA 157002024 0 6
    2003 Totals643233
    (5.4 ypc,
    38.8 ypg)
    235312
    (4.0 ypc,
    2.0 ypg)
    0 8
    FLORIDA A&M 1414326000 0 0
    UCLA 94909211 0 6
    WESTERN MICHIGAN 127802800 0 0
    PURDUE 84801900 0 0
    at Wisconsin 5-10300 0 0
    at Michigan State 21188269248 0 34
    MICHIGAN 2068114726 1 13
    at Minnesota 540412 0 2
    IOWA 000000 0 0
    INDIANA 2118514400 0 0
    at Northwestern 3713121428 0 7
    2004 Totals11152893
    (5.9 ypc,
    81.2 ypg)
    8691495
    6.8 ypc,
    8.6 ypg)
    1 34
    RUTGERS 1163116220 0 11
    SAN JOSE STATE 1479116212 0 6
    at California 1257110259 0 52
    MICHIGAN STATE 92408111 1 11
    at Iowa 15100020528 0 10
    at Indiana 11460161-7 0 0
    PENN STATE 94501514 0 4
    WISCONSIN 857128330 0 14
    at Ohio State 928012417 0 8
    at Purdue 1168035425 0 11
    NORTHWESTERN 1897126326 0 11
    2005 Totals11127664
    (5.2 ypc,
    60.4 ypg)
    53528225
    (8.0 ypr,
    20.5 ypg)
    1 52
    EASTERN ILLINOIS 1512623817 0 7
    at Rutgers 73801500 0 0
    SYRACUSE 72507215 0 10
    IOWA 115001214 0 4
    at Michigan State 1811002321 0 2
    INDIANA 221261441-3 0 0
    OHIO 10270916 0 6
    at Penn State 62007118 0 18
    at Wisconsin 82318225 1 23
    OHIO STATE 85804316 0 6
    PURDUE 1010516200 0 0
    at Northwestern 94702500 0 0
    2006 Totals12131755
    (5.8 ypc,
    62.9 ypg)
    5621279
    (6.6 ypr,
    6.6 ypg)
    1 23
    CAREER TOTALS404532545
    5.6 ypc,
    63.6 ypg)
    206957411
    (7.2 ypr,
    10.8 ypg)
    3 52

    Thomas' Year-By-Year Return Statistics

    KICK-OFF RETURNS
    YEAR G NO YDS AVG YPG TD LG
    2003 Totals67134
    19.122.3029
    2004 Totals1125677
    27.161.5199
    2005 Totals1120461
    23.041.9048
    2006 Totals57223
    44.631.9075
    CAREER TOTALS 33 59 1495 25.3 37.4 1 99


    updated 2/09

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