As the second week of spring football began last week, Thomas changed positions and moved to the offensive line. Thomas commented on the move. "I was third team on the defensive line coming into the spring, and they said I had the best chance of moving up by playing on the offensive line so they moved me this week." Many of the bigger players in high school will spend time at some point in their careers on the offensive line, but that's not the case with Thomas. "I've never played on the offensive line, this is my first time. I'm playing left guard now."
Moving from offensive line to defensive line isn't necessarily an easy transition as Thomas explained. "The stance is different and learning all the plays. There's much more learning and thinking."
Football is paying for Claggett's education, but Thomas is hoping to be more than just a football player at UC. "Yes, I'm running for student government. I'm trying to get athletes involved with the community on campus, and I'm leading the way myself." The 6' 2"/295 pounder won't be confused with Justin Timberlake although Claggett's campaign slogan might-"I'm not bringing sexy back, but I'm bringing athletes back." There is also a little bit of Muhammed Ali in the personable junior-to-be. "You can ask anyone on campus. I'll talk to anyone regardless of race, culture, gender, whatever. I am the friendliest football player-self proclaimed." Incidentally, Thomas doesn't even crack a smile as he recites the rapid fire quotes.
If his attitude on student policy is anything like his attitude about this position change, Thomas may well deserve the support of the Cincinnati student body. "I'm still getting adjusted to it, but I'll make the best out of it." The student elections take place April 16-18, and Thomas had to get one last plug in the event any students read the story. "Vote for me, Thomas Calggett, candidate at large." If only I were a student again.