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2019 Season Outlook
Sophomore defensive lineman Deontre Thomas is ready to make an impact for the Huskers in 2019, after his 2018 season was cut short by injury. The Oklahoma native was in the regular defensive line rotation as a true freshman in 2017 and contributed early last fall before being sidelined with a hand injury. Thomas played in four games and was able to take advantage of a new NCAA rule and use his redshirt season.
The 6-3, 295-pound Thomas gives Nebraska five battle-tested players at defensive end, joining seniors Carlos and Khalil Davis and DaiShon Neal and junior Ben Stille, making the position one of Nebraska’s deepest heading into 2019.
Thomas appeared in each of the first four games of the 2018 season before missing the final eight games due to injury. By playing in only four games, Thomas was able to utilize his redshirt season for the 2018 campaign. Thomas recorded a tackle in three of his four games, including single tackles against Troy and Michigan and a season-high two tackles against Purdue, which included the first tackle for loss of his career.
Thomas was one of two true freshmen to earn playing time on the defense in 2017. He appeared in 10 games and provided quality depth on the interior of the defensive line. Thomas finished with 14 tackles in his freshman campaign, including five games with multiple tackles.
Thomas shined in his career debut, registering the first of three games where he would record three tackles. He added three more tackles at Oregon the next week, including the first two solo stops of his career. Thomas tallied two tackles in his Big Ten debut against Rutgers and had two solo stops and three total tackles in the Husker win at Illinois. His final multi-tackle effort came against No. 9 Ohio State, as he had two tackles against the Buckeyes. Thomas’ final tackle of the season came at Purdue in the final game of October.
Before Nebraska (Mustang HS)
Thomas helped Mustang High School to an 8-4 record as a senior and a trip to the Class 6A state semifinals. He racked up 79 tackles and eight sacks for the Broncos en route to first-team all-state honors from the Daily Oklahoman and USA Today. Thomas also helped Mustang to the state playoffs as a junior and a trip to the state semifinals as a sophomore.
Thomas was ranked among the nation’s top 200 overall players according to 247Sports. The service also listed Thomas as the nation’s No. 11 defensive tackle and the No. 5 prospect in the state of Oklahoma. Thomas was ranked among the top 45 defensive tackles in the country by Rivals.com and ESPN.
Thomas only visited Nebraska, but had numerous offers including Arizona State, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas State, Michigan, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, TCU and Texas Tech.
Deontre was born on April 30, 1998, and he is the son of Cameal and Frank Thomas. He is a criminology and criminal justice major. He volunteered with Husker Heroes, the Nebraska Football Road Race and local hospital visits.