" ... with fall fast approaching, Thomas wanted to get on the field and figured the CIS was his best route.In purely football terms, Thomas has a little in common with one of his contemporaries with the Argos, former York Lions star André Durie. Durie ended up with York as a 22-year-old in 2003 and tore up the OUA for two seasons. Thomas, who turns 22 on the final day of this month, got great notices last fall from The Canadian Press football writer, Dan Ralph:
"Unlike in the U.S. where players who turn pro are not eligible to compete in college sports, there are no such rules in Canada.
"Thomas was a high school star in Georgia. But a short stint at a Kansas junior college in the fall of 2006 ended when he got homesick." — Naylor's Sideline Blog
"(Thomas) came to Toronto after rushing for more than 1,300 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns in 12 games last year with the Georgia Generals of the North American Football League, a semi-pro circuit.Western already stacked up as the Yates Cup favourite. Adding a 6-foot, 200-lb. runner with some serious breakaway speed changes the equation in their backfield.
"What makes Thomas an interesting prospect is that in high school, he posted times of 10.3 seconds in the 100-metre dash and 22 seconds flat over 200 metres. Football coaches always preach that the two elements they can't teach are size and speed. Thomas would seem to have both."
Thomas jumps from CFL — to CIS?; Former Argo running back enrolls at the University of Western Ontario, will play for the Mustangs (Globe & Mail)