Roc Thomas Discusses Mr. Football Award, AU

Auburn commitment Roc Thomas was named Alabama's Mr. Football for the 2013 season for his accomplishments this season at Oxford High.

Montgomery, Ala.--The memorable senior year for Auburn running back commitment Racean Thomas continued on Wednesday when the Oxford High standout was named Alabama's Mr. Football for the 2013 season.

Helping the Yellow Jackets deep into the Class 6A playoffs despite being surrounded by a young roster, Thomas carried the load and was rewarded for his efforts by being named the top high school football player in the state.

"It's a great honor," Thomas said. "It means a lot. It's the most wonderful accomplishment I have received so far. It's just great to receive.

"Everybody in this room was deserving of the honor," he added. "Really everybody deserved it, but I came out on top. I just want to thank the sportswriters association for giving me the award."

A powerful runner with the ability to run over, through, and around defenders, Thomas battled through a nagging ankle injury as a senior and against defenses loading up to stop the run. Through that all he still managed to run for 2,192 yards and scored 32 rushing touchdowns. For his career Thomas churned out 6,169 rushing yards with 82 touchdowns.

"It just means a lot to me to win this award," Thomas said. "It just shows that I gave my all. I'm very humbled by it."

Roc Thomas is an Under Armour All-American.

Thomas becomes the second consecutive Mr. Football winner to choose the Tigers, joining Auburn freshman Jeremy Johnson from last year. Other Auburn winners include Clint Moseley (2008), Brandon Cox (2001), Carnell Williams (2000), DeMarco McNeil (1998), Darrell "Lectron" Williams (1988), and Freddie Weygand (1983).

This weekend Thomas will be one of more than a dozen Auburn commitments on the Plains for official visits as the Tigers close in on another Top 10 class under Coach Gus Malzahn. Getting to spend time with his good friends and future teammates, Thomas said he can't wait to get it started.

"It's going to be great," Thomas said. "We're just going to be able to make our bond even stronger so when we get on that field it will be great. This is my only visit right now. War Eagle."

Choosing the Tigers over schools from all over the country, Thomas said that he loved what he saw from the team this season and can't wait to be a part of things.

"I have seen that they run pretty much the same offense we run at my high school so I think I will fit in great," Thomas said of Auburn. "I pretty much play the same role as Tre Mason did so I'll see how it works out for me."

Thomas is shown as a senior at Oxford High.

Watching as Mason ran for 1,816 yards and set a school record with 23 rushing touchdowns, Thomas said it would have been great to learn from the Heisman finalist but he's looking forward to getting his shot to play next fall.

"I was still feeling the same way, it didn't push me away or bring me closer," Thomas said of having Mason at Auburn. "If anything I just think it's a great opportunity for me."

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