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49  Antonio Thomas
Antonio Thomas

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Cowpens, S.C.

High School:
Broome

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 236

Position:
Linebacker

Experience:
SQ


Claimed his first varsity playing time last season ... An athletic linebacker who played wide receiver and defensive back in high school ... Has added approximately 20 pounds since arriving at UK in 2007 ... Has shown great attitude in practice and has been named Scout Team Player of the Week four times during his career.

2009 (Sophomore): Played in Wildcat victories vs. Miami (Ohio), the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Eastern Kentucky ... Made his first collegiate tackle against Miami.

2008 (Redshirt Freshman): Did not see varsity action ... Had three tackles in the junior-varsity win over Fork Union Military Academy ... Chosen Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week three times during the season.

2007 (Freshman): Redshirted ... Named Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week during the season.

High School: Has a versatility of size and athleticism that could enable him to contribute as a wide receiver, safety, or linebacker at the collegiate level ... Four-year letterman, three-year starter at Broome HS in Spartanburg, S. C. ... Started three years at free safety and also as a wide receiver during his senior season ... First-team all-state by the South Carolina coaches association as a senior, when he made 70 tackles and four interceptions ... One of the pickoffs was returned 95 yards, a school record for longest interception return ... Also caught 28 passes for approximately 600 yards and seven touchdowns ... All-region as a junior and senior and all-area as a senior ... Team went 30-9 during his three years as a starter, going to the state playoffs each year, and winning the state championship his sophomore season ... Teammate of fellow Wildcat player Antwane Glenn ... Coached by Quay Farr ... "Antonio is a late bloomer, a big rangy kid who likes to hit and has the physical tools to play in the SEC," Farr said. "He's also an outstanding young man. He brings a lot to the table." ... Four-year year letterman in basketball, helping his team win the state championship his sophomore year ... Garnered all-area and all-region honors ... Has been running for the varsity track team since seventh grade ... Has competed in the long jump, triple jump, 400-meter run, 4x400-meter relay, and the 4x800 relay ... Team is the two-time state champion from his sophomore and junior years ... All totaled, has four state championships during his high school career ... Selected UK over Vanderbilt, Marshall, and Middle Tennessee.

Personal: Born in Spartanburg, S.C. ... Grandson of Rosa Worthy ... Major is community communications and leadership development.

Community Cats: Worked at a Habitat for Humanity build (2007) ... Visited patients at the Shriner's Hospital (2010).

2014 National Signing Day Commonwealth Stadium