#45 Pancho Thomas, LB
SO 6’0, 225
Winning awards in football in the state of Florida speaks to just how off the charts amazing you are as a player and Thomas was among the elite. As a Junior and Senior, he combined for 302 tackles (160 and 142). That’s what you hope to see out of a LB yet not a skill that you think should be taking his talents to Kentucky. In his three (3) years as a starter playing LB, FB and TE, he was All-District each year. His motor got the attention of ESPN and Rivals who rated him among the Top 40 ILB coming out. They say “Speed Kills” and you can’t run the 100m on the Track Team without serious speed despite his large frame. And for some icing on the cake, he’s a High IQ kid who spent all his time on the Honor Roll. Add all that up and Kentucky got a steal out of Tallahassee.
AS A WILDCAT
As a True Freshman, Pancho came in and made his presence known. He didn’t have killer numbers but when you’re backing up Avery Williamson, you’re not expected to see the field a ton. He played in 10 of 12 games as a reserve LB and on Special Teams. He had a total of 12 tackles on the season (8 unassisted, 4 assisted), with a season high four (4) against the Florida Gators.