CAREER: He has 9 career tackles.
2012: Thomas will compete to get in the tight end rotation as a sophomore in 2012.
2011: Thomas was a backup tight end and played on special teams in his 2011 sophomore season. Overall in 2011, he appeared briefly in 2 early games (Syracuse and Arizona State) and made 2 tackles (including 2 against Syracuse) before being sidelined with a hip injury and having surgery. He did not catch a pass. Because of the early-season injury, he was allowed to redshirt.
2010: Thomas was a backup defensive end and tight end, and played on special teams, as a first-year freshman in 2010. Oveall in 2010 while appearing in 13 games, he had 6 tackles. He had 1 tackle each against Hawaii, Washington State, Washington, Stanford, Arizona State and Notre Dame.
HIGH SCHOOL: His 2009 honors included Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West Best of the Rest, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Max Preps All-State Division I second team and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area first team as a senior tight end at Highland High in Palmdale (Calif.). He had 43 receptions for 674 yards (15.7 avg.) with 9 TDs in 2009.
As a junior in 2008, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team and All-CIF Western Division first team. He had 39 receptions for 690 yards (17.7 avg.) with 8 TDs in 2008.
PERSONAL: He's a communication major at USC.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH CHRISTIAN THOMAS