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Keir Thomas
Keir  Thomas

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Miami, Fla.

High School:
Miami Central

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 265

Position:
DL

Experience:
2 VL

Major:
Sport & Entertainment Management

Junior defensive lineman who has been used at both the tackle and end positions... a returning starter who continues to hone his skills and should be even more of a factor in 2018... has appeared in all 26 games over the past two seasons, making 13 starts.

2017: True sophomore defensive lineman who played in all 13 games making 11 starts... primarily used at defensive end, but also slid into the interior of the line... credited with 38 tackles including 4.5 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks... had three quarterback hurries and forced one fumble... turned in a big game in the season-opener against NC State, with five tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and a sack... notched five tackles vs. Kentucky... tallied a sack on the final drive of the Tennessee win, forcing a fumble and costing the Vols crucial seconds as Carolina held on for the win... set a career high with seven tackles and added 1.5 tackles for loss at Georgia.

2016: Graduated from high school mid-year and enrolled at Carolina in January... played in all 13 games with two starts... credited with 24 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks... made three tackles in his collegiate debut, a victory over Vanderbilt... had two tackles and made his first career sack in the East Carolina win... made his first career start against Texas A&M and had a strong effort with five tackles (three solo)... made his second straight start at defensive tackle against Georgia and was in on one tackle... made two tackles, including one stop for loss, added a quarterback hurry and a fumble forced in the UMass win... made two tackles in the Missouri victory, including a crucial sack in the fourth quarter... tallied three tackles at Florida... made two tackles, including one tackle for loss, in the Western Carolina win.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Miami (Fla.) Central High School at mid-year and enrolled at South Carolina in January 2016... coached by Roland Smith... played multiple positions, including nose guard, defensive tackle, defensive end and linebacker... earned first-team Class 6A all-state honors... recognized as the 8A-6A Defensive Player of the Year as part of the Miami Herald's All-Dade Awards event... racked up 22 sacks among his 83 tackles as a senior... recorded 71 tackles and 18 sacks as a junior... regarded as the 23rd-best strongside defensive end in the country and the 49th-best player in Florida, according to Rivals... 247Sports ranked him as the 26th-best strongside defensive end in the nation and the 64th-best player in the Sunshine State... ESPN rated him as the 26th-best defensive end, the 37th-best player in the state and No. 192 overall on the ESPN 300... was a PrepStar All-American and ranked No. 288 overall.

PERSONAL: Keir S. Thomas was born January 25, 1998... is a sport and entertainment management major.

Keir Thomas
 

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