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SMU Player Profile, No. 23: RB Aphonso Thomas

Hatts profiles SMU freshman running back Aphonso Thomas in the latest Pony Stampede player profile.

http://www.scout.com/player/197804-aphonso-thomas

Size. 5-10, 190
Year: FR-HS 
High School: Van High School 
Hometown: Van, Texas

Recruitment

Three-star prospect, rated as the No. 20 running back in Texas by Scout.com. After originally committing to Nebraska, Thomas flipped to SMU over offers from Kansas, Colorado State, Nevada and Texas State. The big back ran for 1,568 yards and 21 touchdowns in 11 games in 2015 after tallying 934 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior. 

Spring Recap

Aphonso Thomas began his SMU career with a strong spring that showed he will likely be able to contribute right away. Thomas showed throughout the spring he could serve as a nice compliment to speedsters Xavier Jones and Braeden West. Thomas capped off the by a 122 yard, and two touchdown performance on just 13 carries in SMU’s spring game.

2016 Preview

Thomas figures to slot in nicely into a talented SMU backfield featuring Xavier Jones, Braeden West and Jordan Carmouche. All of them serve different roles with Thomas likely to serve as SMU’s big back along with Carmouche to fill the hole of Prescott Line’s departure. While not being the featured back in 2015, Thomas should see much of his time as a goal line back and in third and short situations. 

Where he fits

While not being the featured back in 2015, Thomas should see much of his time as a goal line back and in third and short situations. As a running back with good vision and patience, however not breakaway speed this is the perfect role for Thomas. The freshman running back should fit right in after having a spring to prepare, as well as, playing in a similar offense in high school. 

Expectations

Thomas isn’t being asked to come in and lead this running back group right away and that’s a good role for him. With good vision, Thomas will be one of those players that plays early on for coach Morris, but given the presence of Jones and West, Thomas will be asked to be more of a complimentary back and this will be a good role for him. A couple yards at a time, he’s going to make an impact for SMU while allowing Jones and West to be the home run backs. 


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