UTEP (1-0) christens the home portion of its 2014 schedule versus Big 12 power Texas Tech (1-0) on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 9:05 p.m. MT.
2014 (JUNIOR): Saw action in eight contests on special teams ... played at the right guard position against Middle Tennessee.
2013 (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in one contest (NM State).
PRIOR TO UTEP: Started at left tackle for Cisco [Texas] College during the 2012 season before transferring to UTEP ... three-year varsity letterwinner for coach Christopher Gilbert at Lancaster High School outside of Dallas ... played nose tackle as a sophomore, right guard as a junior and right tackle as a senior ... earned first team All-District 15-4A and All-Area recognition as a senior ... second team All-District as both a sophomore and junior ... member of a district co-championship team his senior year ... was also a member of the Lancaster track and field team for four years, throwing the discus.
PERSONAL: Parents are Sedrick and Tina Thomas ... Pre-business major.