Thomas Taking Advantage of Reps

Phillip Thomas

One of the biggest surprises of this spring has been the play of RFr. free safety Phillip Thomas. With 2008 starter, Lorne Bell, hobbled most of spring with a hamstring injury, Thomas is taking first team reps over 2007 starter Marvin Haynes. Coach Pat Hill states Thomas is battling for the starting job, injuries or not. BB.C caught up with Thomas after practice to talk about his progress…

The first day of spring ball – March 23 – Lorne Bell injured his hamstring. He sat out until Monday, and on Wednesday, he dressed out in full pads. However, he still sat behind Phillip Thomas when the first team defense took the field in 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 action.

Thomas has been so impressive that Marvin Haynes has not been able to crack into the first team lineup. Haynes did not start a game last season while hobbled with nagging injuries. He played sparingly in the first half of the season, and he eventually missed the final four games of the season entirely. Departing senior Jake Jorde started in Haynes' place but replaced by Bell for the final four games.

Thomas says he is starting by default, nonetheless, he is doing his best to learn as much as he can. Bell can play either free or strong as can sophomore Zak Hill. But it's going to be a three-man battle for the come fall between Bell, Haynes, and Thomas.

For more from Thomas, please listen to the audio interview…

Phillip Thomas Interview –

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