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Deontre Thomas played in all 12 games in 2021 with a start in the season finale against No. 17 Iowa. He posted a career-high 23 tackles, 1.5 sacks and one fumble recovery.
Thomas recorded three tackles at Illinois, including a half sack for the first sack of his career. Against Buffalo, Thomas posted three tackles and he also lined up at fullback and was the leader blocker for Gabe Ervin Jr.'s 1-yard touchdown run. Thomas made four tackles in his return to his home state at No. 3 Oklahoma. The next week at No. 20 Michigan State, Thomas had two tackles, including an eight-yard sack. Thomas made three tackles against Northwestern and recovered the first fumble of his career. He recorded three tackles and a quarterback hurry against No. 9 Michigan. Thomas had three tackles against Purdue. He made one tackle at No. 19 Wisconsin. He started the final game against No. 17 Iowa and had one tackle.
Thomas battled injuries as a junior, which limited him to two games. He saw action on the defensive line against Ohio State and Penn State.
Thomas played in all 12 games as a sophomore, recording a career-high 19 tackles. He tied his then-career high with three tackles and one TFL in the season opener against South Alabama. Thomas posted a career-high five tackles in Nebraska’s win over Northern Illinois, and he broke up the first pass of his career against the Huskies. He had one tackle against both Illinois and Ohio State before recording two tackles against Northwestern. Thomas also had one tackle against both Minnesota and Indiana. Against No. 15 Wisconsin, Thomas totaled four tackles - a career high for a Big Ten game - and registered Nebraska’s only TFL in the game. He added one tackle at Maryland the next week.
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. 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 finished with 14 tackles in his freshman campaign, including five games with multiple tackles. Thomas shined in his career debut against Arkansas State, 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 is the son of Cameal and Frank Thomas, and he was born on April 30, 1998. He is a criminology and criminal justice major. Thomas has volunteered his time with a Day of Service, the Nebraska Football Road Race, and local hospital visits.