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    Terrell Thomas
    Terrell  Thomas

    Hometown:
    Alta Loma, Calif.

    High School:
    Rancho Cucamonga

    Birthdate:
    01/08/1985

    2007: Thomas, known for his lock-down skills on receivers, started his second year at cornerback as a senior in 2007. Overall in 2007 while starting all 13 games, he had 45 tackles, including 4.5 for losses of 29 yards (with a 15-yard sack), plus a team-best 4 interceptions that he returned 44 yards (11.0 avg.), a team-high 7 deflections, 3 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery. He was named to the 2007 All-Pac-10 second team (for the second consecutive year), ESPN.com All-Pac-10 first team, Rivals.com All-Pac-10 second team and Phil Steele's All-Pac-10 second team. He had surgery on a dislocating left shoulder prior to 2007 spring practice. He was a Senior Bowl invitee.

    He had 4 tackles (0.5 for a loss) against Idaho, 3 tackles and returned an interception 19 yards to set up a USC TD at Nebraska, 5 tackles and 1 deflection against Washington State, 4 tackles, forced a fumble that he recovered and recovered a late onside kick at Washington and 3 tackles and 3 deflections against Stanford. He added 6 tackles and a deflection against Arizona, a deflection at Notre Dame, 2 stops at Oregon and 3 tackles, a deflection and an interception that he returned 25 yards to set up a USC TD against Oregon State. He had 5 stops (including 1.5 for a loss, with a sack that forced a fumble) at California, 3 stops at Arizona State and 4 tackles (including 1 for a loss) and an interception that led to a USC TD versus UCLA (to win USC's Player of the Game versus UCLA Award). He had 4 tackles (1.5 for losses) and a forced fumble against Illinois.

    2006: Thomas, who began the 2005 season as a starting cornerback before being sidelined by a knee injury, won back his starting spot as a junior in 2006 and did an outstanding job. Overall in 2006 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 50 tackles, including 3 sacks for minus 32 yards, plus a team-high 12 deflections, 2 interceptions that he returned 7 yards (3.5 avg.), 2 forced fumbles and a TD on a return of a blocked field goal. He made the 2006 All-Pac-10 second team, Rivals.com All-Pac-10 second team and Scout.com All-Pac-10 second team.

    He had 2 tackles and an interception at Arkansas and 4 tackles and a forced fumble against Nebraska. He then had a team-high 6 tackles (1 sack) at Arizona and a team-best 9 tackles with 2 deflections at Washington State. He added a tackle and 4 deflections against Washington, a tackle and deflection versus Arizona Stat and 3 stops and a deflection at Oregon State. He had a sack, an interception and returned a blocked field goal 71 yards for a TD at Stanford. He had 6 tackles and a deflection against both Oregon and California. He had 4 stops and 2 deflections against Notre Dame, 3 tackles at UCLA and 4 tackles (with a sack) against Michigan.

    2005: Thomas started USC's first 2 games of 2005 at cornerback as a sophomore. But he tore ligaments in his right knee against Arkansas and had surgery, sidelining him for the season. Overall in 2005, he had 5 tackles and 1 deflection. He had 3 tackles at Hawaii and 2 stops with a deflection versus Arkansas.

    2004: Thomas, who was switched from safety to cornerback prior to 2004 spring practice, was a backup there and played on special teams as a redshirt freshman in 2004. Overall in 2004 while appearing in 11 games (all but California and Arizona), he had 9 tackles, 2 deflections and 2 interceptions (at BYU and Washington State, both in the end zone; he returned the BYU pick 29 yards). He had 3 stops against Arizona State.

    2003: Thomas redshirted as a freshman safety in 2003, his first year at USC. He was sidelined the entire season after having surgery to repair a dislocating right shoulder suffered in 2003 fall practice.

    HIGH SCHOOL: He was a 2002 Super Prep All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Tom Lemming All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, All-CIF Division II first team and Los Angeles Times All-Inland Empire first team choice as a senior at Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High. He ran for 1,250 yards on 134 carries (9.3 avg.) with 14 TDs and caught 30 passes with 5 TDs as a running back and had 115 tackles, 7 interceptions and 4 forced fumbles as a defensive back (he also averaged 44.5 yards on kickoff returns) in 2002.

    As a junior in 2001, he had 78 tackles and 5 interceptions, plus 15 catches for 250 yards (16.7 avg.) with 6 TDs.

    He also was on the school's track team (with bests of 10.5 in the 100 meters and 21.4 in the 200). Current Trojan Averell Spicer also prepped at Rancho Cucamonga.

    PERSONAL: He's a public policy, management and planning major at USC.

    TAC LS/YDS DFL FR INT YDS AVG TD LG
    2004 (Fr.) 9 0/0 2 0 2 29 14.5 0 29
    2005 (So.) 5 0/0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    2006 (Jr.) 50 3/32 12 0 2 7 3.5 0 5
    2007 (Sr.) 45 4.5/29 7 1 4 44 11.0 0 25
    CAREER 109 7.5/61 22 1 8 80 10.0 0 29