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Roc Thomas | Running Back

Team: Jacksonville State Gamecocks
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 198

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Vikings signed Jacksonville State RB Roc Thomas.
Thomas (5’10/198) originally went to Auburn as the nation’s No. 2 running back recruit, then transferred to Jacksonville State for his final two years. He exploded as a senior, earning Ohio Valley Conference OPOY with a 178/1,065/5.98/13 and 21 catches. Not a long-speed specialist (4.56), Thomas’ elusiveness and short-area quickness stand out on game tape. He offers some Dion Lewis-like potential if put to use correctly. May 3 - 12:17 PM

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NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Jacksonville RB Roc Thomas to Jets RB Elijah McGuire.

Thomas (5'11/193) put up quality numbers for the Gamecocks in 2017; rushing for 1,065 yards and 13 scores. The former Auburn transfer runs with "good charge" according to Zierlein, and his ability to jump-cut can make defenders miss. His concerns come in his vision, and that he doesn't have the size to be an every down back. A team looking for a change-of-pace or third-down type runner could take Thomas somewhere on Day 3, likely the latter portion of the day.
Mar 19 - 7:33 PM

Jacksonville State RB Roc Thomas ran the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Thomas (5'10/193) was a five-star recruit in Auburn's 2014 recruiting class and transferred over to Jacksonville State prior to the 2016 season. He's trying to finish this long, winding road with a selection in the spring draft. That 4.56-second run through the 40 might not be eye-popping, but it's respectable enough. Thomas also showed off nice hops in registering a 35.5-inch vertical jump and a 125-inch broad jump. We generally like the way that Thomas sees the field and how he moves about after he receives a carry, though he does sometimes have a tendency to hunt for the big play at the expense of yardage that's readily there for the taking. Thomas is trying for a late Day 3 selection in the draft.
Mar 2 - 6:57 PM

Former Auburn RB Roc Thomas has transferred to Jacksonville State for the 2016 season.

Thomas is moving closer to home and gets to play for his former high school coach, John Grass, who moved from Oxford high school to Jacksonville State's offensive coordinator in 2013. He took over as head coach in 2014. Thomas was one of the top recruits out of high school and opened last season as the starter, but he only managed 261 yards and one rushing touchdown in 2015. He is immediately eligible to play in 2016 and has two years remaining.
Wed, Jun 15, 2016 09:38:00 AM

Auburn junior RB Roc Thomas will transfer.

There were conflicting reports last week as to whether Thomas was looking to move on from Auburn. No more confusion -- Thomas will transfer. In a statement, HC Gus Malzahn said, "Roc Thomas has asked for his release from Auburn and I have granted his request. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward." In that initial jumble of earlier reports,'s Jay G. Tate had reported that the 5-foot-11, 202-pounder was looking to transfer to Jacksonville State. SEC Country's Brandon Marcello backed up that assertion after news of Thomas' transfer broke on Tuesday, though nothing is official yet. Last season, Thomas accrued 261 yards and a touchdown on the ground while catching 11 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown. He worked as both a slot receiver and running back this spring.
Source: SEC Country
Tue, May 31, 2016 05:35:00 PM

Conflicting reports emerged as to whether Auburn junior RB Roc Thomas will transfer.'s Jay G. Tate had reported that Thomas would transfer to Jacksonville State, but Brandon Marcello of SEC Country hears that the 5-foot-11, 202-pounder has not even made a request for a transfer. A former five-star recruit, Thomas rushed for 261 yards and a touchdown last season. Auburn RB coach Tim Horton spoke highly of his work this spring. Stay tuned.
Thu, May 26, 2016 01:45:00 PM

Auburn named sophomore Roc Thomas the school's starting RB.

The position has recently produced huge rushing totals, with Tre Mason and Cameron Artis-Payne shining under Gus Malzahn. Quarterback Nick Marshall is gone, but there seems to be plenty of optimism around Jeremy Johnson. In limited action, Thomas rushed for 214 yards and two touchdowns on 43 carries last year. Auburn utilizes plenty of motion and misdirection, which plays in the runners' favor.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 09:38:00 AM

Racean Thomas, the No. 34 overall player in the 2014 recruiting class according to the ESPN 300, committed to Auburn earlier this month.

The running back nicknamed "Roc" chose the Tigers over a host of suitors that included Florida, Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Georgia and Clemson. "I feel like I can come out of the backfield and do a lot of great things in this offense," Thomas said. "I have good hands, good speed and good balance. They can send me on routes and I can catch the ball." Thomas rushed for 1,768 yards and 24 touchdowns last season as a high school junior in Oxford, Ala. Thomas is an explosive power back with polished receiving skills. He doesn't possess blazing speed or great elusiveness, but profiles as an every-down back in the SEC.
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 02:39:00 PM