Thomas broke his ankle in the second round of the playoffs vs. North Webster.
"Sammy Sannasardo, our safety, and I were going for the tackle and he rolled over on my ankle," Thomas recalled. "It didn't hurt but I couldn't get up.
"It turned out to be a broken ankle and I had surgery a week or two ago. In three weeks, I'll get out of my cast and start rehab. I never have stopped working out, though. I do upper body and the other leg."
The Tulane staff not only stuck by Thomas after the injury, they embraced him even more.
"It meant a lot," he said. "Coach David Johnson, who recruited me, came to my surgeries and Coach Barry Lamb and C.J. have been calling me.
"They said they have plans for me. This (Tulane) is where I'm supposed to be. They've sat me down and shown plays designed for me. They know they're getting a great linebacker."
Despite missing most of his team's final four games, Thomas still finished fourth in tackles (72).
"I was having a pretty good year," he said. "A lot better than last year. I was more technically sound.
"It was hard for me to watch the games from the sideline, especially when my team was struggling at times. Evangel started running up the middle and doing delayed draws (in the state finals) and I wanted to be out there."
He recorded a season-high 13 tackles vs. Carver with three sacks.