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RUNNING BACK / #8 / SENIOR  •  6'-2" 227lbs | Hilliard, FL  •  Daniel Thomas Bio

WEEK 8 vs. OSU

  • A Third Team Midseason All-American and First Team All-Big 12 selection by Phil Steele.
  • Currently ranks as the eighth-leading rusher in the nation (sixth among running backs) and second in the Big 12 with 996 total rushing yards and an average of 124.5 yards per game.
  • Rushed 29 times for 101 yards and one TD vs. Oklahoma State for his 10th career 100-yard game.
  • Improved career total to 2,261 yards to rank 5th in school history and needs 5 yards to move into 4th.
  • Can tie school record for fastest rusher to 1,000 yards in a season in terms of game played.
  • Has 21 career rushing touchdowns, the ninth most in school history.
  • Currently on pace to finish the season with 294 rushes for 1,494 yards, which would rank second in school history for a single season in each category.


UCLA W 28 234 2 44 8.4  
Missouri State W 21 137 2 45 6.5  
Iowa State W 34 181 2 23 5.3  
UCF W 22 76 0 12 3.5  
Nebraska L 22 63 0 13 2.9  
Kansas W 18 91 1 14 5.1  
Baylor L 22 113 2 31 5.1  
Oklahoma State L 29 101 1 13 3.5  
Game Recap: K-State Overcome by Cowboys in 2nd Half
2010 8 196 996 10 45 5.1 124.5
2009 12 247 1265 11 40 5.1 105.4
Rushes: 34, vs. Iowa State (9/18/2010)
Yards: 235, vs. UCLA (9/4/2010)
TD: 4, vs. Texas A&M (10/17/09)
Long Rush: 45, vs. Missouri State (9/11/2010)
2010 8 21 120 0 21 2.6 15.0
2009 12 25 257 0 52 1.9 21.4
Catches: 8, vs. Nebraska (10/7/10)
Yards: 61, at UCLA (9/26/09)
Long Catch: 52, at Texas Tech (10/10/09)
  Daniel Thomas


  • Week Three Finalist, AT&T ESPN All-America Player of the Week
  • Week One Helmet Sticker on ESPN College Football Final

  • 2010 Maxwell Award Watch List
  • 2010 Doak Walker Award Watch List
  • 2010 Hornung Award Watch List
  • 2010 Preseason All-American (College Football Insiders)
  • 2010 Preseason All-Big 12
  • 2010 No. 16 Preseason Nationally (NationalChamps.net)
  • 2010 Preseason First Team All-Big 12 (Phil Steele)
  • 2009 Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year
  • 2009 First Team All-Big 12
  • 2009 Associated Press First Team All-Big 12
  • 2009 Midseason All-Big 12 (Phil Steele)
  • 2009 Doak Walker Award midseason candidate



Coaches & Players   National Media
"Daniel is right at the top with players I've coached. He wouldn't take a back seat to anyone."
- Bill Snyder, Kansas State Head Coach

"The message that Daniel sends is that a really good person can aspire to certain things when they have a set of principles and value systems. Daniel has all the things we try to teach our children to have success."
- Bill Snyder, Kansas State Head Coach

"He's a very accomplished back. They use him in a lot of different ways. He's very powerful from the waist down and he was too much for us today. We could not get him down."
- Rick Neuheisel, UCLA Head Coach

"He is a great player. It is hard for me to say that this player is No. 1, this player is No. 2 and that this player is No. 3. I would say he is one of the top five (running backs) in the country. He is big, tall and fast and gets positive yards all of the time."
- Paul Rhoads, Iowa State Head Coach

"He's probably one of the best backs we'll encounter all season. He's a hard runner, he's big and strong, but then he shifted and showed he had speed too. I just can't give him enough credit. He played a hard game."
- Iowa State Linebacker A.J. Klein, the Big 12's leading tackler

"He combines both power and elusiveness, and that's a heck of a combination. Usually when you've got a big physical back, he's more of a north-south type of guy. He can do both. To do that with his size and speed combination is scary."
- Paul Rhoads, Iowa State Head Coach

"Thomas is, by far, the country's most underrated back. It's remarkable what he's doing. The guy is truly one of the most versatile players in the nation. I suspect he could probably be a force at every position on the field except for the O-line spots and the two DT positions and cornerback. I don't think you could say that about another player in college right now."
- Bruce Feldman, ESPN

"Let's hope the nation doesn't sleep on Daniel Thomas, the nation's toughest, hardest runner. Others play in bigger markets and get bigger hype. I'm convinced, though, that Thomas is the No. 1 running back in the country at the moment."
- Dennis Dodd, CBS Sportsline

"If you do nothing else this fall, watch Daniel Thomas. The speed, the power, the balance; he has it all."
- Matt Hayes, The Sporting News

"I think he has been perhaps the best running back in the nation. What really impresses me is how Thomas thrives despite being the main focus of defenses. Opponents know they have to stop him -- yet they can't. He is big, strong, fast and tough -- a future pro who is emerging as a Heisman threat."
- Tom Dienhart, Yahoo! Sports

"Daniel Thomas reminds me a lot of Corey Dillon. He has tremendous patience, with lateral quickness unique for a running back with his size and strength. It is rare in this day and age of 'running back by committee' to have a workhorse that gets stronger as the game goes on, but that is exactly what Bill Snyder has in Daniel Thomas."
- Brock Huard, ESPN/ABC

"For a young man that has only played running back for 15 games, Daniel has tremendous instincts with the ball. He's powerful, durable and treats every carry like the game is on the line. I have not seen a running back this season that runs with more authority than Daniel Thomas."
- Dave Lapham, FSN

"Thomas isn't the top overall back in the draft class – he's behind Mark Ingram -- but he could move up the charts with a similar level of productivity in his senior year. So far, so good. He's off to a monster start."
- Mel Kiper, ESPN

"He's everything you're looking for in a running back. He is the total package – he's big, physical, has terrific feet, agility, peripheral vision as well as great hands. He's perfect in the college game, especially in short-yardage situations, but he would also be a perfect running back in the NFL. To me, he's one of the top backs in the nation that no one has heard of."
- Mark May, ESPN

"The most impressive thing I've noticed watching Daniel Thomas this year, has been his overall athleticism and balance for such a big back. Thomas is so dangerous because of his ability to avoid tackles, therefore being able to generate a ton of yardage after contact."
- Jesse Palmer, ESPN