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Derrick Thomas heads into the season looking to give the Nittany Lion defensive backfield added depth and make a push for more game action. The battle for playing time at the cornerback positions will be fiercely competitive, with two seniors and a junior the most experienced returnees. The talented and instinctive Thomas should have an opportunity to earn steady playing time on defense and special teams. Thomas and fellow corner Stephon Morris were prep teammates at Eleanor Roosevelt HS. They are among nine returning Nittany Lions from Maryland.
2010 Sophomore Season
Thomas played in the initial four games, recording three tackles, one interception and two pass breakups. Thomas made two tackles and grabbed his first career interception against Kent State. He saw action on 124 snaps on defense and special teams, topped by 49 against the Golden Flashes.
2009 Freshman Season
As a senior for Coach Tom Green at Eleanor Roosevelt HS, Thomas earned all-state, all-county and all-conference honors. A standout cornerback and running back, he ran for 923 yards and scored 16 touchdowns during his senior season. A Rivals.com four-star recruit, he recorded 43 tackles and five interceptions as a senior.
Full name is Derrick Linwood Thomas. He is a communication arts and sciences major. Born March 7, 1991.
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