Coleman  Thomas

55Coleman Thomas


Max Meadows, Va.

High School:
Fort Chiswell

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 301




2016 - JUNIOR

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  • Games/Starts: 10/8
  • Started at C at Vanderbilt (11/26) and helped pave the way for of 516 yards of total offense
  • Started at C in 63-37 win over Missouri (11/19), paving the way for 609 yards of offense and as season-high 386 rushing yards
  • Started at RG and moved to C in 49-36 win vs. Kentucky (11/12), helping pave the way for 599 yards of offense and 376 rushing yards (UT's most in an SEC game since 406 vs. Vanderbilt on Nov. 26, 1994). Vols' 10.2 yards per play was their most since setting the school record at 10.9 against Kentucky in 2000 and their 9.2 yards per rush was the best mark since 9.5 yards per rush against Auburn on Dec. 4, 2004.
  • Started at C in UT's 55-0 rout of Tennessee Tech (11/5) with offensive line paving the way for 7.1 yards per carry (best since 7.5 vs. South Alabama in 2013) and 9.1 yards per play (best since 9.4 vs. Troy on Nov. 3, 2012)
  • Started at center against Alabama (10/15)
  • Played center, coming off the bench at Texas A&M (10/8) following injury to Dylan Wiesman
  • Played off the bench vs. Florida (9/24)
  • Made start at right tackle vs. Ohio (9/17), helping pave way for 404 yards of offense, including 201 rushing yards
  • Started at center in vs. Appalachian State (9/1) and Virginia Tech (9/10)


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  • Games/Starts: 13/13
  • Started all 13 games in 2015 (12 at center and one at right tackle), second year with Vols
  • Vols offense has averaged 422.3 yards per game and 223.7 yards rushing (second in SEC) per game in 2015
  • Vols had 200-plus rushing yards in nine games and 500-plus yards of offense in three games
  • Vols' 2,908 rushing yards are second all-time at Tennessee
  • Tennessee ran for 226 yards in Outback Bowl win over Northwestern (1/1) as part of gaining 420 total yards
  • Aided line as Vols gained 331 rushing yards vs. Vanderbilt (11/28)
  • Named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week (Nov. 23)after Missouri game, helping Vols to 248 rushing yards
  • Helped Vols to 248 rushing yards in win at Missouri (11/21), as Tigers were leading SEC in fewest rushing yards allowed (113) entering the game
  • Started at right tackle in win over #19 Georgia (10/10) as Vols piled up 519 yards of offense
  • Vols gained 254 rushing yards at Florida (9/26), most in the series
  • In first start at center vs. Bowling Green (9/5), helped Vols to 399 rushing yards, the most since 1994, as part of 604 overall yards of total offense


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  • Games/Starts: 11/5
  • Played 11 total games including first seven games in 2014, starting five at right tackle
  • Returned to action vs. Kentucky (11/15) after sitting out games vs. #4 Alabama (10/25) and at South Carolina (11/1) with an ankle injury
  • True freshman moved into starting lineup at right tackle at Oklahoma (9/13)
  • Drew first start at right tackle at #4/3 Oklahoma (9/13)
  • One of 21 true freshmen to debut vs. Utah State (8/31)
  • Had black stripe removed on Aug. 23 at Neyland Stadium


  • Played at Fort Chiswell High School in Max Meadows, Va., for coach Stephen James
  • 247Sports: 3-star (No. 8 center, No. 23 prospect in Virginia)
  • ESPN: 3-star (No. 10 center, No. 29 prospect in Virginia)
  • Rivals: 3-star (No. 9 center, No. 14 prospect in Virginia)
  • Scout: 3-star (No. 5 center)
  • Helped Pioneers to 12-2 record and playoff berth as a senior in 2013
  • Played on both sides of the ball, earning Region 1A West Defensive Player of the Year as a senior
  • Earned Offensive and Defensive Lineman of the Year honors in Region 1A as a senior
  • First Team All-Region on both offense and defense as a senior in 2013
  • Named First Team All-Timesland offensive lineman after junior year in 2012
  • Named All-Southwest Virginia Honorable Mention center as a sophomore in 2011
  • Earned Second Team All-Region as a linebacker in 2011 after sophomore season and Honorable Mention All-Region as a center that season
  • Starred on the basketball court, earning First Team All-County as a junior in 2013
  • Also pitched for the Fort Chiswell baseball team


  • Full Name: James Coleman Thomas
  • Born: March 6, 1996
  • Son of Richie and Kyle Thomas
  • Majoring in Arts and Sciences
  • Recipient of the Plateau Athletic Scholarship Fund
  • Recipient of Robert E. White Athletic Scholarship Endowment


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