Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 5/9/13

Jamario Thomas is from Longview, Texas, a city that has produced athletes from David Wesley to Josh Scobee to Chris Davis to Trent Williams. Thomas played high school football at Spring Hill, where he absolutely dominated. His sophomore season Thomas rushed for 1,572 yards and 27 touchdowns. Although he missed two games, he topped the previous season rushing for 1,749 yards and 28 touchdowns. As a senior he continued his success with 1,279 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns while sharing time with his brother Demario Thomas (who also attended North Texas). Thomas was ranked the 21st overall RB in the nation by Rivals, and the 2nd best RB in Texas. In 2004, the 5-11 and 210-pound RB became an essential part of the Mean Green football squad. via meangreensports.com Thomas reached his peak his freshman season. In just seven games he eclipsed 1,000 yards, tying the NCAA record for fastest to that mark. He ended up leading the entire nation with 1,801 yards (180.1 per game) on 285 carries, and finished with 17 touchdowns. He is one of three freshmen to rush for over 1,800 yards, and of course was named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year, and Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year. He rightfully earned the nickname “Super Jamario” on his way to setting the freshman record for most games with 200 rushing yards or more, which he did five times. This video helps sum up the hype for the small school tailback. Click here to view the video on YouTube. Of course the next season he was labeled with legendary expectations. He was selected onto the Maxwell Watch List and the Doak Walker Watch List, and was ready to repeat his historic season. Unfortunately Thomas was hindered hamstring injuries and was forced out of five games. On top of that the 2003 rushing leader, Patrick Cobbs, returned from injury and led the conference in rushing yards once again. Thomas was therefore even more limited and finished with 361 rushing yards on 89 attempts. His final two seasons were disappointment as he could never fully recover from injuries. Over that span he gained 1,334 rushing yards (at the time placing him third all-time in rushing yards by a Sun Belt player) and 10 touchdowns (eight in his senior campaign). The dramatic decline left his name out of the 2008 NFL Draft. Despite a shaky post-freshman career, Thomas was inducted into the UNT Hall of Fame. If his college career went in reverse from senior to freshman year then this name would ring a bell for a lot more people. -Schotz

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