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Thomas Rawls | Running Back

Team: Central Michigan Chippewas
Age / DOB:  (22) / 8/3/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 217

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Seahawks signed Central Michigan RB Thomas Rawls.
Rawls (5'9/215) spent three years at Michigan before transferring to CMU, where he earned second-team All MAC as a senior by gaining 1,103 yards with ten TDs on 210 carries (5.25 YPC), adding ten receptions. Rawls managed a 4.65 forty at the Combine with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-8 broad jump. An angry, aggressive runner and consistent finisher, Rawls is extremely physical, almost to a fault. He has some similarities to Ahmad Bradshaw. May 4 - 5:13 PM

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Central Michigan RB Thomas Rawls said he was surprised to have been invited to the NFL combine.

In late September, Rawls accepted a plea deal to a charge of attempted larceny after he was arrested for stealing a 62-year old woman's purse at a casino last April. The former Michigan Wolverine didn't see the field much in Ann Arbor, but he excelled at Central Michigan in 2014. "When he found the field for the Chippewas, Rawls flashed NFL skills," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler. "An angry runner, he looks to initiate contact and barrel through bodies with low pad level and center of gravity, making him a chore to bring down. He has the talent to be drafted, but will NFL teams be comfortable with who he is as a person? That's what Rawls is out to prove this week."
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 20 - 8:26 PM

Central Michigan senior RB Thomas Rawls "had me texting scouts excitedly while running through his tape," wrote NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"He can shake a loose defender at the line of scrimmage and will create yards for himself, but he also finishes his runs with determination and anger," Zierlein wrote. "At one point against Purdue last September, Rawls kept hitting the safeties like he was the tackler rather than the ball carrier. He is something of a one-year wonder after transferring from Michigan and he has to answer to teams about some character concerns." Rawls has been taking on buzz in recent days. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote earlier this week that he is a "sleeper to keep an eye on." The 5-foot-10, 217-pound Rawls scampered for 1,133 yards and 10 touchdowns across only nine games this season.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 9:02 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Central Michigan senior RB Thomas Rawls is a "sleeper to keep an eye on."

"Sleeper to keep an eye on: CMU RB Thomas Rawls. Michigan transfer with off-field flags. But quick and physical on the field. Mid-round talent," Brugler tweeted. The 5-foot-10, 217-pound Rawls, rushed for 1,133 yards and 10 touchdowns in the nine games played this season. The Central Michigan prospect was forced to miss the Bahamas Bowl due to an academic issue, and also missed 2 games with a knee injury last season. In late September, Rawls accepted a plea deal to a charge of attempted larceny, as he was involved in a purse-snatching incident at a casino. Rawls was sentenced to a year of probation, 104 hours of community service to be completed in nine months, and numerous fines and restitution costs.
Feb 10 - 2:49 PM

Central Michigan senior RB Thomas Rawls will be held out of the school's bowl game due to academics.

Rawls joined the Chips after graduating from Michigan but missed two games this season due to injury and an off-field issue. He is clearly Central Michigan's top back, so they will be at a disadvantage against WKU without him.
Source: MLive
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 09:24:00 AM

Central Michigan senior RB Thomas Rawls is considered doubtful to play against Eastern Michigan.

Rawls took a helmet to his knee in the first quarter against Buffalo and was subsequently held out of practice this week. The Michigan transfer has produced 1,011 yards and 10 TDs on 188 carries. Junior Saylor Lavallii and sophomore Martez Walker will likely share to carries on Saturday.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 10:14:00 AM

Central Michigan senior RB Thomas Rawls has been reinstated after accepting a plea deal to a charge of attempted larceny.

Rawls was indefinitely suspended after being charged with three felonies just over a week ago. The deal dropped the charges to a single high-court misdemeanor. Rawls has been cleared for all football activities heading into the September 27 game against Toledo. The Michigan transfer was the team's bets rusher prior to the suspension.
Source: MLive
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 12:31:00 PM

Central Michigan senior RB Thomas Rawls has been suspended indefinitely after being charged with three felonies.

The charges include stealing a purse at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort and stealing two credit cards from said purse, according to beat writer Nate Schneider. On Saturday, a CMU release stated "an issue that came to our attention," and Rawls was subsequently withheld from the game against Syracuse. The Michigan transfer rushed for 276 yards and three touchdowns on 56 attempts prior to missing this contest. The Chippewas lost 40-3 to Syracuse.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 10:51:00 AM

Michigan junior RB Thomas Rawls will transfer to Central Michigan.

Rawls sunk below a spat of Michigan backs on the depth chart including Derrick Green, De'Veon Smith, Fitz Toussaint, Drake Johnson and Justice Hayes. He attempted only three carries last season.
Source: MLive.com
Sun, Jan 26, 2014 06:39:00 PM

Michigan sophomore RB Thomas Rawls will start at RB for the injured junior Fitzgerald Toussaint.

Toussaint's leg injury looked very serious on the field and it required immediate surgery. Rawls has 52 carries for 240 yards, 4.6 yards per attempt, and four touchdowns. Expect to see senior Denard Robinson in the backfield quite often, as well.
Source: MLive
Tue, Nov 20, 2012 10:50:00 AM

Sophomore RB Thomas Rawls could be Michigan's primary ballcarrier in place of suspended starter Fitzgerald Toussaint.

With Toussaint out indefinitely after a drunken-driving arrest, Rawls is taking advantage of the opportunity. Rawls totaled just 80 yards on 13 carries in his rookie campaign last year, but has impressed early in practice and could be in line to see an increase in touches along with senior Vincent Smith and redshirt freshman Justin Hayes. Head coach Brady Hoke said, "He runs hard, he's hard to tackle, he's physical, he has pretty good balance."
Wed, Aug 8, 2012 11:42:00 AM