Thomas' Big Day Nets Big Ten Player of the Week Honors
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan sophomore tailback Anthony Thomas (Winnfield, La./Winnfield HS) earned Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Week honors for his play in the U-M football team's 48-17 win Saturday (Nov. 28) at Hawaii. Thomas shared the weekly award with Penn State tailback Eric McCoo.

Against Hawaii, Thomas carried the ball 13 times for a career-high 183 yards and scored four touchdowns on runs of 38, 4, 16 and 80 yards. The 80-yard run, the best of his career, tied Glenn Doughty's 80-yard rush vs. Vanderbilt (9/20/69) as the 13th-longest run in Michigan history. Thomas also had one pass reception for 35 yards vs. Hawaii.

Thomas' four TDs against the Rainbows were one shy of Ron Johnson's school record of five touchdowns in a game (vs. Wisconsin 11/16/68). Thomas is one of 10 Wolverines who have scored four touchdowns in a game and one of six who have registered four rushing TDs in a contest.

For the season, Thomas leads the Wolverines with his totals of 146 rushing attempts for 761 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has rushed for more than 100 yards three times this season and five times in his career. His previous best was 129 yards vs. Iowa in 1997.

Thomas also has made 15 receptions for 140 yards and has returned 11 kickoffs for 294 yards, contributing to his team-leading 1,195 all-purpose yards -- including rushing, receiving, kickoff returns and punt returns -- for an average of 108.6 yards per game.

The Wolverines (9-3, 7-1 Big Ten), conference co-champs, are ranked 15th in both the Associated Press and the USA Today/ESPN polls.

Contact: Jim Schneider, Bruce Madej (734) 763-4423


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