UTAH: All-conference candidate is preparing to start for his fourth season at nickel back ... will also see time at cornerback ... has played in 37 games with 22 starts. 2015--Played in all 13 games with 10 starts at nickel back ... 48 tackles (1.0 TFL) ... three interceptions tied for seventh in the Pac-12 ... tied for eighth in the league in picks per game (0.23) ... nine passes defended (3 interceptions, 6 pass breakups) ... named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week against Michigan for his 55-yard interception return for a touchdown and four tackles ... season-high six tackles against Washington and BYU ... also had two pass breakups vs. BYU ... five tackles and an interception against California ... five tackles against USC and Oregon State (also had a pass breakup) ... three pass breakups vs. Arizona State. 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 (2 at nickel, 2 at corner) ... 25 tackles with three TFL ... two pass breakups ... season-high seven tackles against Washington State ... also broke up a pass vs. WSU ... four tackles vs. Oregon included 1.5 TFL ... four tackles (one TFL) against Arizona State. 2012--Redshirt.
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 is on track to graduate in December, 2016 ... full name is Justin Tremaine Thomas ... nickname is J.T. ... born Sept 15, 1991.