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Daniel Thomas
RB #30
Height:
6-1
Weight:
235
Age:
27
College:
Kansas State
Hometown:
Hilliard, FL
Experience:
4

Quick Stats (2014):

CAR
43
YDS
167
AVG
3.9
TDS
1

Biography

FINS FACT
Daniel’s journey to the NFL is a story of persistence, spanning hundreds of miles and no less than three junior colleges. After starring at Hilliard High School, he was recruited by Kansas State, Florida and Mississippi, among others, but that’s where schoolwork got in the way. Failing to qualify, Daniel attended Northwest Mississippi Community College. Over the next two years, Daniel played option quarterback, earning junior college All-America honors. He did just enough to receive a degree, but not enough to satisfy NCAA requirements. He then took on another year of junior college, this time in Kansas with no football, just studying. He finished his required courses - even took a summer class at Manhattan Christian College, across from Kansas State - and qualified. “The door was closing,” Thomas said. “I had to buckle down. It was a very long trip. I could write a movie or a book about it.”
FINS FACT
Daniel’s journey to the NFL is a story of persistence, spanning hundreds of miles and no less than three junior colleges. After starring at Hilliard High School, he was recruited by Kansas State, Florida and Mississippi, among others, but that’s where schoolwork got in the way. Failing to qualify, Daniel attended Northwest Mississippi Community College. Over the next two years, Daniel played option quarterback, earning junior college All-America honors. He did just enough to receive a degree, but not enough to satisfy NCAA requirements. He then took on another year of junior college, this time in Kansas with no football, just studying. He finished his required courses - even took a summer class at Manhattan Christian College, across from Kansas State - and qualified. “The door was closing,” Thomas said. “I had to buckle down. It was a very long trip. I could write a movie or a book about it.”

COLLEGE
Played in 25 games with 24 career starts in two years at Kansas State . . . Also attended Northwest Mississippi Community College (2006-07) . . . Finished Kansas State with career totals of 545 carries for 2,850 yards (5.2 avg.) with 30 touchdowns . . . Also caught 52 passes for 428 yards (8.2 avg.), returned one kickoff 25 yards and recorded three solo tackles for the Wildcats . . . Completed seven of 12 pass attempts for 155 yards with two touchdowns and one interception . . . Overall, left school ranked second in career 100-yard rushing games (12) and rushing yards (2,580), third in rushing attempts, fourth in rushing touchdowns (30) and fifth in all purpose yards (3,303) . . . Played in all 13 games with 12 starts  as a senior in 2010 . . . Finished season with 298 carries for 1,585 yards (5.3 avg.) and 19 touchdowns . . . Ranked eighth nationally with an average of 121 rushing yards per game . . . Ran for more than 100 yards seven times, including on a pair of 200-yard rushing performances . . . Added 27 catches for 171 yards (6.3 avg.) . . . Completed 4-of-8 passes for 105 yards, one touchdown and an interception . . . Named as a first-team All-Big Twelve Conference selection by The NFL Draft Report, Kansas City Star and Associated Press . . . Was a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s top running back . . . Opened season with 28 carries for 235 yards and two touchdowns vs. UCLA . . . Ran for 181 yards and a pair of scores vs. Iowa State . . . Rushed for 113 yards and three scores and threw a 61-yard touchdown pass at Baylor . . . Carried 36 times for 269 yards and a pair of touchdowns vs. North Texas . . . Started 12 games as a junior in 2009 . . . Finished season with 247 carries for 1,265 yards (5.1 avg.) and 11 touchdowns . . . Was the Big 12’s leader in rushing yards, attempts and yards per game . . . Added 25 catches for 257 yards . . . Earned Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year honors, while also being named first-team All-Big 12 . . . Tallied 104 yards against UMass and 136 at Louisiana, becoming the first K-State back since 1966 to record two 100-yard games in the first two games of their career . . . Rushed 24 times for 185 yards vs. Kansas . . . Scored four rushing touchdowns vs. Texas A&M . . . Rushed 16 times for 88 yards and a touchdown vs.  Oklahoma . . . Rushed 26 times for 139 yards and one TD vs. Tennessee Tech . . . Did not play football in 2008 . . . Started 11 of 17 games at Northwest Mississippi Community College . . . Completed 31 of 67 passes for 578 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions . . . Also rushed 172 times for 956 yards and nine touchdowns . . . Was a JUCO All-American at Northwest Mississippi Community College in 2007 . . . Accounted for 618 yards and six touchdowns . . . Also threw for 450 yards and two scores . . . Rushed for over 562 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman in 2006 . . . Helped lead Northwest to a division championship . . . Majored in general studies at Kansas State.

PERSONAL
Attended Hilliard (Fla.) Middle-Senior High School in Hilliard, Florida . . .  Earned Class 1A All-District IV, All-Coast Team, All-State and squad Most Valuable Player honors on the gridiron, competing as a quarterback, safety and linebacker as a senior and as a split end during his junior campaign . . . Gained 1,100 rushing yards with 11 touchdowns on the ground, as the quarterback threw for 936 yards and 11 more scores as a senior . . . Rushed for 178 yards and a touchdown and also had 34 receptions for 596 yards and four touchdowns as a junior . . . Also chipped in 57 tackles and one interception  . . .  Received all-county recognition in basketball while averaging 17.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game . . . Participated in the Miami Dolphins Foundation’s Captains’ Party as part of FinsWeekend . . . Born October 29, 1987 in Hilliard, Fla.
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesRushingReceivingFumbles
GGSAttYdsAvgLngTDRecYdsAvgLongTDFUMLost
TOTAL 408 1,479 3.6 55 9 54 411 7.6 32 3 6 4
2014 MIA 11 0 43 167 3.9 15 1 12 120 10 25 0 1 1
2013 MIA 15 1 109 406 3.7 55 4 15 63 4.2 16 2 -- --
2012 MIA 12 0 91 325 3.6 20 4 15 156 10.4 32 0 3 2
2011 MIA 13 2 165 581 3.5 28 0 12 72 6 12 1 2 1
Recent Games
WKOppResultRushingReceivingFumbles
AttYdsAvgLngTDRecYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
3 KC L 15-34 2 15 7.5 10 0 1 21 21 21 0 -- --
4 @OAK W 38-14 5 35 7 15 0 1 25 25 25 0 -- --
6 GB L 24-27 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
7 @CHI W 27-14 7 25 3.6 11 0 3 25 8.3 15 0 -- --
8 @JAC W 27-13 4 18 4.5 9 0 2 12 6 13 0 -- --
9 SD W 37-0 9 8 0.9 5 0 2 14 7 12 0 -- --
10 @DET L 16-20 5 14 2.8 7 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
11 BUF W 22-9 5 23 4.6 7 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
12 @DEN L 36-39 3 19 6.3 10 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
13 @NYJ W 16-13 1 5 5 5 0 1 3 3 3 0 -- --
14 BAL L 13-28 -- -- -- -- -- 0 0 -- -- 0 -- --
15 @NE L 13-41 2 5 2.5 5 0 2 20 10 10 0 -- --

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