Future Cougar Report: Steven Thomas

TotalBlueSports.com recently reported on how BYU commit Steven Thomas does it all for his Chino Hills High School football team. Whenever a position needs to be filled, coaches simply plug in Thomas and things work out. Chino Hills had a big rivalry game last weekend, and once again, Thomas was a presence in every phase of the game.

Five games into his senior season, Steven Thomas has 2 carries for 16 yards and 13 receptions for 206 yards (15.85 yards per catch). At safety, where he is projects to play at BYU, Thomas currently has 9 solo tackles, 7 assists and 1 fumble recovery.

Thomas has 7 kickoff returns for 324 yards averaging 46.29 yards per return. His longest on the season so far went for 98 yards. Thomas has 4 punt returns for 47 yards, averaging 11.75 yards per return with the longest being 25 yards.

Last weekend, the Chino Hills Huskies had a grudge match against their rivals. The game was a rematch of the 2005 league title game.

"This week we played Chino High School," Thomas said. "They are one of our cross town rivals. We played them last year in the last game of our regular season for the league title and beat them 21-17.

"This year we went into the game with a 4-1 record and they were on a 3 game losing streak. We beat them 35-24."

The entire time Thomas was on defense against Chino High, he played safety. This is a rarity for the versatile athlete because he normally rotates through every defensive position except defensive line during a game. True to previous games, Thomas also played on offense and on special teams.

"I played the whole game at safety and receiver and special teams," Thomas said. "I had 5 tackles on the game, but I only 2 receptions for about 10 yards. Our QB had an off game."

The best play of the game for Thomas came when the Husky coaches called his number for a bit of trickeration.

"I also got a 1st down with a fake punt for 20 yards," Thomas said. "That was as pretty cool play to be involved in."

Thomas says he keeps strong tabs on the Cougars' season. He likes their chance to reclaim the MWC crown.

"The Cougars have been looking great," said Thomas. "They really are starting to get things going. I feel they are getting hot and will be hard to beat this year. It's really exciting."

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