2013 Kentucky Wildcats Football Preview: #45 Pancho Thomas / #46 Patrick Ligon

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September 22, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators running back Matt Jones (24) runs with the ball as Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Pancho Thomas (45) defends in the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida Gators defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 38-0. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

#45 Pancho Thomas, LB
SO 6’0, 225
Tallahassee, FL

BEFORE UK

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.

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