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Athlete of the Week is no doubting Thomas

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MANY, La - The Many Tigers are ready to start what they hope will be another drive to the Dome.  The biggest player on the team certainly does.  Offensive lineman Garrett Thomas decided to make his college decision early to focus solely on his senior season.  The future Longhorn is our Athlete of the Week.

Standing 6'6”, 350 pounds Many's Thomas is hard to miss on the football field and if you can't see him chances are he's in the weight room.  Coach Jess Curtis knows.  "He puts the work in, that's the thing.  He puts the work in the weight room and watching film.  He's already good on the field, but when you've got somebody that puts the work in the weight room and watches film, he's an all around player."

Thomas is committed.  "I need to do all that I can to get my team better.  It's not really about me, it's about this team.  We want to win and I want to do whatever I can to get us there."

While he doesn't have much of a choice when he's on the field Thomas doesn't hide from his opponents.

"He's a big bulldozer,” says Curtis.  “We all have pros and cons out there on the field and his pro is he's a big nasty son of a gun.  He gets after people and that's what we want him to do."

Thomas likes being physical.  “It strikes fear in people's minds and that's what I like to do, get in their heads.  The first play I want to hit them as hard as I can and let them know that's how it's going to be the rest of the game."

A year ago Thomas helped pave the way to New Orleans for the Tigers who came just shy in the state championship game.  The loss has stuck with him and even impacted his choice to commit to Texas early. 

"I really wanted to get it out of the way before the season started.  I wanted to go ahead and be through with it and that's what I had planned through the spring.  I did that and I'm really confident in my decision and now we have unfinished business to focus on."

Coach Curtis adds, "He's hungry, he wants us to be a state champion and not a state runner up."

All the Tigers feel the same way.
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