||2009 (JUNIOR): A triple threat in the UTEP offense with his running, receiving and passing capabilities ... as a backup quarterback, completed both of his pass attempts for 12 yards ... also ran 14 times for 46 yards and made four catches for 55 yards ... established season-highs for rushing yards (19) versus Buffalo and receiving yards (19) against UAB ... had scoring runs in the season opener (Buffalo) and season finale (Marshall).
2008 (SOPHOMORE): Continued to add some spice to the Miner offense ... played in all 12 games, making two starts at receiver ... also saw time at quarterback, most extensively against New Mexico State when he relieved injured starter Trevor Vittatoe and nearly led the Miners to an improbable victory ... rushed 19 times for 142 yards and two touchdowns versus the Aggies as UTEP suffered a tough 34-33 setback ... in the process, he became only the third Miner quarterback to have a 100-yard rushing game since 1982, joining Shawn Gray (141 yards against Fresno State in '94) and Kevin Ward (three 100-yard games, most recently 109 against Weber State in '83) ... Thomas had a 44-yard scoring run in the second quarter versus NMSU, the longest rushing play by a UTEP signal-caller since Jon Schaper had a 74-yard TD at Alabama in 2001 ... Thomas also completed 8-of-15 passes for 60 yards against New Mexico State ... he ended the season with 52 rushes for 351 yards and three TDs, 12 catches for 128 yards and completed 11-of-21 passes for 134 yards and a score ... averaged 6.8 yards per rush and 10.7 yards per catch for an average of 7.5 yards every time he touched the ball ... racked up 479 all-purpose yards on the year ... ranked second on the team in rushing behind Terrell Jackson ... reached the end zone on a 34-yard run at Tulsa ... ran for 43 yards on three attempts versus Rice, and had four carries for 34 yards against Texas ... added 32 yards on eight rushes versus SMU ... caught two passes in four games, with his career-high for yardage (40) coming against Texas ... had a 25-yard reception versus the Longhorns and a 24-yarder at Tulsa ... threw a 53-yard TD pass to Jeff Moturi against Rice.
2006 (FRESHMAN): Played in the final five games of the season, doubling as a quarterback and wide receiver ... started at wideout against Tulsa ... fell incomplete on both of his pass attempts with an interception ... caught one pass for 10 yards at Marshall ... rushed 10 times for 22 yards, scoring a 13-yard touchdown versus the Thundering Herd.
PRIOR TO UTEP: Listed as a Texas Top-300 player by Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine ... rated one of the top quarterbacks in the Midlands region by PrepStar ... chosen the District 20-5A Offensive MVP as a senior at Thurgood Marshall High School in Missouri City, Texas ... threw for 2,089 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2005, while also rushing 121 times for 971 yards ... passed for 1,400 yards and 10 TDs as a junior en route to being named a second team All-Greater Houston Underclassman ... also rushed for 215 yards and four touchdowns ... member of a 9-1, district title team his senior year ... two-year varsity letterwinner for coach Dennis Brantley ... honorable mention All-District outfielder in baseball as a prep ... member of the National Honor Roll.
PERSONAL: Parents are James, Sr. and Lillie Thomas ... has four brothers and two sisters ... brother, Jesse Sowells, played for the Tennessee Titans ... full name is James Edward Thomas II ... nickname is "J.T." ... born 4/18/88 (Palestine, Texas) ... Business Management major.