AS A JUNIOR: Reserve linebacker for Irish in 2001. . .made three special teams appearances vs. Nebraska. . .also saw action vs. Texas A&M and West Virginia.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Did not see game
action in 2000 as reserve outside linebacker.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in five
games in '99 as reserve Irish linebacker, working mainly with Notre Dame
special teams . . . saw action vs. Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma,
Arizona State and Pittsburgh, making 16 combined special team appearances.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: USA Today honorable mention All-America
. . . named Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-state by
Oklahoma City's Daily Oklahoman . . . one of 17 players on '98 Blue Chip
List by The Oklahoman . . . made 145 tackles, five sacks and three fumble
recoveries as senior in '98 at Star Spencer High School in Spencer, Okla.
. . earned four letters in football as fullback and linebacker . . .
captain of team as senior . . . three-time all-league and all-city pick .
. played fullback on offense in '98, rushing for 341 yards, catching
passes for another 234 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns . . . blocked two
punts as senior . . . finished with 557 career tackles . . . selected for
Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State football game in July '99 . . . won
four letters in basketball, helping team to league title as junior . . .
won three letters in track . . . full name is Justin Terrell Thomas . . .
older of two children . . . born 7-13-81 in Oklahoma City, Okla. . . .
enrolled in Mendoza College of Business.