Coleman  Thomas

55Coleman Thomas


Max Meadows, Va.

High School:
Fort Chiswell

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 301





  • Started all 11 games in 2015 (10 at center and one at right tackle), second year with Vols
  • Vols offense has averaged 413.4 yards per game and 213.7 yards rushing (second in SEC) per game in 2015
  • Vols have 200-plus rushing yards in seven games and 500-plus yards of offense in two games
  • 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


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