Thomas Battles Through Pain

Derron Thomas is doing everything he can to practice each day.

Derron Thomas, a sophomore running back from Reserve, La., is receiving treatment prior to practice just to get on the field. After practice he receives more treatment. During practice, he battles through the pain just to be on the field.

Thomas has a groin injury and recently sustained a hip flexor on the same leg due to a late hit.

Despite the pain, he is going through contact drills to prove to the coaches he is worthy of being counted on against Florida State on Sept. 4.

"I was trying as much as I could," said Thomas on today's practice. "I am doing the best I can do right now. I am just getting as much treatment as I can so I can be out there with my teammates."

Thomas was the main back with the first unit while Charlie Jones missed his sixth straight practice with a hamstring injury.

Thomas is unable to cut like he wants to due to the groin injury.

"I did okay," Thomas said. "I feel like I did alright for the situation that I am in. I could have done better, but I'm still not healthy right now. I am just trying to man up as much as I can. At the end I was getting some pretty good runs. At the beginning I was real tight and sore and I couldn't do what I wanted to do."

Head coach Larry Coker was not pleased with the performance of the offense in today's practice. Quarterback Kyle Wright echoed similar statements as did Thomas.

"We came out and we weren't into it like we were supposed to be," Thomas said. "We dropped a couple of passes and we were real tight as an offense.

"The [second unit] got two big bombs and scored. The ones, we took it down the field before we turned it over in the endzone. We just have to learn how to pick it up."

Injuries are never fun to deal with especially when you are battling for playing time.

"It's tough, but I'll be alright," Thomas said.

Thomas and the 'Canes return to practice tomorrow morning for their second two-a-day of the fall.

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