Guyton Tabbed Newcomer of the Year
Mean Green Fall Behind 41-7 In First Half
Senior Running Back Rushes For 176 Yards, Three Touchdowns
Senior RB Jeffery Wilson Poised To Climb Into North Texas Record Books
Inducted into the North Texas Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012 ... Finished his career as the second all-time leading rusher in school history with 3,496 yards and 27 touchdowns ... Ranked in the top-10 all-time when he left North Texas in rushing yards, attempts, touchdowns, 100-yard rushing games, and consecutive 100-yard rushing games.
Finished season as team’s leading rusher and leader in total offense with 668 yards... Started in all 12 games... Named to Doak Walker Award watch list ... Led Mean Green in rushing in eight games... Put up a season-high rushing total of 124 yards in the sevenovertime victory over Florida International ...Had 120 yards and a score on the road at Akron ... Rushed for 90 yards and the game-clinching score in win over SMU ... Went over 100 yards in three games ... Moved into third all-time in rushing at North Texas ... Moved into third all-time in rushing by a Sun Belt player... Named to preseason All-Sun Belt Conference First Team.
Was hampered by a nagging hamstring injury for much of the season that forced him to miss four games ... Finished the year with 361 yards on 89 carries ... Recorded a season-long 39-yard run against Kansas State ... Continues to shine against quality opponents, averaging 6.7 yards per carry against Big XII teams over his career ... Had a season-best 83 yards against the nation’s third best defense at LSU ... Also proved a potent returner, running back two kickoffs against Louisiana Tech for 52 yards.
Was Named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year ... Led the nation in rushing (180.1 avg) and ranked fifth in scoring (11.3 avg) and set a North Texas and Sun Belt Conference record with 1,801 yards ... Set the NCAA freshman record for 200 yards games, going over that mark five times ... Tied the NCAA record for the fastest to reach 1,000 yards when he made it in seven games ... One of only three freshmen ever to rush for over 1,800 yards and the only back in the nation this season to have six 200-yard games ... Averaged 6.9 yards per carry against three Big XII Conference opponents ... Rushed for over 200 yards against five of the six Sun Belt opponents he played against and rushed for 179 against the other
Was a state top 100 selection by The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Houston Chronicle and Lubbock Avalanche Journal ... Ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 21 running back in the nation and the second-best back in the state of Texas ... Also selected to the Austin American Statesman Fab 55 list and Dave Campbell’s Super Team (third-team offense) ... Was 3A All-State team selection in his sophomore (honorable mention), junior (first team) and senior (honorable mention) seasons by both the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors and the Texas Sports Writers Association ... As a senior, he rushed for 1,279 yards and 22 touchdowns and also caught 21 passes while sharing time at running back with his brother Demario ... As a junior, Thomas rushed for 1,749 yards and 28 touchdowns on 256 carries and had 15 catches for 220 yards and another touchdown despite missing two games with a high ankle sprain ... In his sophomore year, he gained 1,572 yards and 27 TDs on the ground and had 14 catches for 213 yards and one TD in the air ... Also ran track and was a member of the powerlifting team ... Placed third in the Texas UIL State Championship in the 200 meters and has been timed at 10.4 in the 100-meters ... Coached by Steve Gaddis ... Son of Melvin and Laverne Thomas ... Born on May 10, 1985.