Utes have three interceptions in front of the largest crowd in Utah history.
Talent runs deep on 2013 roster
First scrimmage is Friday at 4 p.m.
Outdoor practices are open to the public.
Utes have firepower on offense, defense
UTAH:Has started at nickel back part- or full-time since his redshirt freshman season ... Utah's third-fastest player runs a 4.40-second 40.
2015--Played in all 12 games with nine starts at nickel back … 42 tackles (1.0 TFL) … tied for fifth in the Pac-12 with three interceptions and tied for eighth in the league in picks per game (0.25) … seven passes defended (three interceptions and four pass breakups) … named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week against Michigan after a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown along with four tackles … season-high six tackles at Washington … five tackles and an interception against California … five tackles with a pass breakup vs. Oregon State … five tackles vs. USC … three pass breakups vs. Arizona State … interception with two tackles vs. Arizona.
2014--Played in 12 games with eight starts ... 37 tackles included 3.0 TFL and a sack ... seven pass breakups was third on team ... season-high six tackles (2.0 TFL) and two pass breakups vs. Washington State ... 7-yard fumble return vs. Arizona ... broke up two passes against both Arizona State and Oregon ... had a sack against UCLA.
2013--Played in 12 games with four starts ... two starts at corner (Arizona State, Washington State) and two starts at nickel back (Weber State, Oregon) ... 25 tackles with three TFL ... two pass breakups ... career-high seven tackles against Washington State tied for the team lead ... also broke up a pass vs. WSU ... four tackles vs. Oregon included 1.5 TFL ... four tackles (one TFL) against Arizona State.
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team all-district in 2010 ... Rivals.com four-star cornerback did not play in 2011 because he was older than the University Interscholastic League's maximum age requirement ... District "Newcomer of the Year" as a sophomore ... ran for West Orange-Stark High's (Texas) three-time 3A state track championship team (2009-11) ... 2011 state 200-meter champion ... 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams set state 3A record ... 2011 MVP Super Gold in track.
PERSONAL: Son of Larnell Jr. and Valerie Thomas ... both parents went to Lamar University where his father ran track ... one brother and one sister ... sociology major ... full name is Justin Tremaine Thomas ... nickname is J.T. ... born Sept 15, 1991.