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 nine contests on special teams, making one start against Utah State in the New Mexico Bowl ... 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 ... multidisciplinary studies major.