Rock solid former walkon who is a steady performer on the defensive line.
Former walk-on who continued to build on a productive career, finishing the regular season with a career-best nine tackles while making a pair of starts... Started the opener vs. UCLA and the home finale vs. SMU on Senior Day... Credited with a career-best three tackles vs. Houston... Recovered a key fumble on a sack by Cody Bauer to set up the go-ahead score vs. SMU late in the first half... Rice nominee for the Bullsworth Trophy, which honors the nation's top walk-on player.
Credited with a tackle in six of the last eight games, including a pair for loss... Credited with his second career sack vs. Memphis... Picked up a tackle in reserve work at Texas in the opener and added a third at Marshall.
Saw action in all 12 games... Credited with his first career sack, resulting in a nine-yard loss at UCF... Picked up a solo stop vs. Baylor... Credited with an assisted tackle against Texas.
Saw action in three games during the year, and was credited with a career-best pair of tackles in the
season finale at Houston... Made his debut at defensive tackle vs. Navy and was credited with his
first career tackle.
A member of the scout team while redshirting.
Huntsville High School
2008 graduate of Huntsville High School... Two-year letterman for coach Mitchell Coey.. Earned honorable mention All District 18-4A as a junior on the offensive line... Was a high school teammate of fellow Owl Jared Williams... Ranked 10th in his senior class... Member of Mu Alpha Theta and the Spanish Honor Society.
Full Name: Jamael Thomas... Born: March 9, 1990... Parents: Mark and Shemaria Thomas, Huntsville (two
brothers, two sisters)... Rice major: Kinesiology.