Roc Thomas: "Great to See My Team Succeed"

Five-star running back and Auburn commitment Roc Thomas talks about the season for the Tigers and preparing for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic that will be played on Saturday in Montgomery.

Montgomery, Ala--Five-star recruit Racean Thomas, an Auburn commitment, has kept close tabs on Gus Malzahn and the Tigers this season and likes what he is seeing.

Giving special attention to the Tigers as Auburn defeated Missouri 59-42 to win the SEC Championship on Saturday in Atlanta, Thomas says it was another step in the right direction for the program he is going to be part of next season.

"It was great," the senior tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It was just great to see my team succeed. I'll be at Auburn next year just trying to keep it going."

A dynamic running back for Oxford High, Thomas ran for 2,192 yards and 32 touchdowns as a senior despite being slowed in parts of five games because of an ankle injury. Those are the kind of numbers Auburn has been putting up this season with Tre Mason putting up big numbers on the way to being a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.

The biggest of Mason's games came last weekend when he carried the ball 46 times for 304 yards as part of a 545-yard rushing performance by the Auburn offense. Seeing the way things turned out Thomas says you can't help but smile when you think about jumping into that offense next year, especially with the way the season has turned out.

"It's really exciting," Thomas says. "It really amps me up to know I'll be there next year.

"Seeing them have this much success means a lot to me," he adds. "When I committed it was basically based off of Gus Malzahn. I knew he was an offensive guru. I knew he was a great coach and I had faith in him."

Thomas runs during Alabama-Mississippi all-star practice on Wednesday in Montgomery.

With only one senior on the entire Auburn offense (fullback Jay Prosch), the Tigers should be in line for more success on that side of the ball next season. It all starts up front with one of the best offensive line groups in the country, something Thomas points out is another reason to smile.

"It's fun to think about," he says. "I'll have a lot of monsters in front of me and running through big holes."

This week Thomas is one of five Auburn commitments taking part in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic. Teaming up with fellow running back Kamryn Pettway, linebacker Tre Williams, defensive lineman Justin Thornton and defensive back Stephen Roberts on the Alabama squad, Thomas notes that so far the week has been a blast.

"It's great," Thomas says. "I have had a lot of fun playing out here with these guys. There are a lot of talented athletes. It's just an honor to be out here and a great achievement.

"We act like we're brothers," he adds. "We have fun. Last night we were in each other's rooms just clowning around. We have a lot of fun together."

Thomas and Pettway have already started forming a relationship with each in the backfield this week. Sharing duties at running back along with Ito Smith and Terrance Hollingsworth, the duo has been on the field a lot together so far with Pettway also working some at the H-Back position. Thomas says that bond has been one of the neat things about practice so far.

"We're forming a little bit of a bond already," Thomas says. "We're just trying to see how we're going to react to the game. We're just finding out stuff about each other."

Kickoff for Saturday's game at Cramton Bowl is scheduled for noon CST at Cramton Bowl and can be see on Raycom Sports.


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