Familiar name for Husker fans

People look back to the defenses of the early 90s and give credit to Trev Alberts, Jared Tomich, Grant Wistrom and Mike Rucker to really putting the Blackshirt Defense on the map. You have to go back a little more though to remember another name that paved the way for those players. Broderick Thomas terrorized offenses in Lincoln and has a son that is getting recruited this year.

It seems just a little surreal for Nebraska fans. Names like Tom Osborne as back with the program. You hear names like JaMichael Rozier and that brings back feelings as well.

Add Broderick Thomas to that growing list of familiar names.

Broderick Thomas Jr., is the son of four year letter winner at Nebraska, Broderick Thomas, who also went on to a very good professional career.

Thomas Jr. plays on the opposite side of the football in comparison to his dad. In fact, Thomas Jr. is a quarterback. The very position that his father terrorized while his time in Lincoln.

"I played varsity two years at Fort Bend (Texas) Elkins," Thomas said. "My junior year I played the first five games at quarterback and then moved to running back.

"I played running back the rest of the season. They needed someone to play the position because they didn't have anyone else that could play it at the time."

That was last year. Thomas has since moved on to Houston (Texas) Madison for more reasons than just football. Thomas needed to get some things straight with him and back on the right path.

"I needed to get out because I was hanging out with the wrong crowd. I needed a change to get back on the books and raise my grades."

Thomas is currently working on that too. This summer he is taking classes. He spends his morning taking a class getting ready for the SAT that he will take next month.

Beyond that, Thomas is actually taking a college course to get things back on line. "I am working hard at it. I only have that one chance at my senior year."

That brings us up to date, but where will Thomas play at Madison? According to him he is going back to his natural position of quarterback. Thomas is getting looked at most as an athlete for college.

"I would like to play quarterback in college. That is what I want to do; it isn't what I will only do. Most of the schools that are recruiting me like me as a cornerback or an athlete.

"The coach at Nebraska thought that I could play cornerback at the next level. I told them that I would play it. I'm an athlete. I'd rather play quarterback, but I will play where they need me."

Besides hearing cornerback, Thomas said that he is also hearing the possibility of playing wide receiver at the next level. At 6-foot-3 and 182-pounds with 4.47 speed, projecting Thomas is kind of fun for college coaches.

Thomas claims to have three offers so far with offers from Nebraska, Iowa State and Houston. "I am looking at the college environment and what it is like. Overall, I will look at the football team, tradition and coaches."

There were no trips this spring for Thomas. However, he did make a trip to Nebraska last year with his dad to see the spring game and also visit a cousin that lives in Nebraska.

"People asked me at the spring game who I was and before I knew it there were probably 500 people around me. They were all asking for my autograph."

The name is distinguished and easily recognizable to Nebraska fans. To some, the name alone could become a burden. Thomas Jr. doesn't think about it a lot knowing that he is his own person.

"I like the idea of following my dad to Nebraska, but I want to make a name for myself and not just get by on his. I can not be pressured by it to follow him."

Thomas says that he is currently favoring Nebraska, Houston, Iowa State, North Carolina and LSU. "I am trying to find the best fit, but I would like to get the commitment out of the way.

"I would like to get it out of the way earlier rather than later. I want to make the right decision, but I want to make my decision and move on to the season."

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