"He did," said Oklahoma State running backs coach Jemal Singleton. "I think he really is pretty good at that game."
He's not bad at the real thing, either. Thomas rocked Oklahoma high school football as a sophomore, rushing for an eye-popping 1,840 yards with 22 touchdowns. That's an average of 9.2 yards a carry, and he was running against some of the best defenders in the state, such as the Jenks Trojans and Union Redskins.
The recruiting race was on, as Thomas was chased by schools from coast to coast. He committed very early to Oklahoma, but in December of his junior year, after an off-the-field issue caused him to miss close to half of the season, he switched commitments and pledged to Oklahoma State. His commitment held and in January he moved in and enrolled for the spring semester.
At close to 6-0 and approaching 200 pounds, Thomas is a bigger back, but still has hard-charging straight-on speed. His athletic ability is impressive, and Cowboys fans have to hope he moves the football for real as well as he does on video games. While he never recaptured the same numbers he had as a sophomore, his senior season was very good, and was accomplished with opposing defenses stacking the box against the run.
Thomas has another talent besides real football and football on X-box: he can sing.
"Yes, I love to sing, blues, soul, spiritual, anything. I never did sing in a group or anything, but ask anybody, I can sing," he said.
Thomas should be a big hit during those talent shows that sometimes come up on bowl trips. To put that singing voice to use, it will mean using those football running talents to make sure there's an opportunity to sing at a bowl game.