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#11 Marco Thomas
Position: WR
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 175
Year: Senior
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
High School: Bogan

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Signed with the Chicago Rush of the AFL on June 14, 2010... teammates with standout Leatherneck quarterback Russ Michna... Thomas signed with CFL's Montreal Alouettes on January 20, 2009... spent time on the practice squads of the New York Jets, San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and New York Giants
2007: Signed April 30 as a free agent with the New York Giants.


SENIOR (2006): Earned First Team All-Gateway honors as Western's leading receiver... totalled 58 catches, 738 yards and four touchdowns... averaged 12.7 yards per reception... averaged 67.1 yards per game... accounted for one-third of WIU’s receiving yards... had 100-yard games against Youngstown State (10 catches, 121 yards) and Northern Iowa (9 catches, 107 yards), and had 97-yard games against Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois... in conference games, ranked first in receptions and second in receiving yards... had an 18-yard rushing touchdown against Illinois State... finished career as WIU’s fourth-leading receiver in both yards (1,661) and receptions (109)... earned Third Team All-Region honors from the Football Gazette.

JUNIOR (2005): Led Western Illinois with 794 receiving yards, the eighth-highest single-season mark in school history... started all 11 games at split end... ranked third in Gateway at 72.2 yards per game... averaged a league-best 18.5 yards per catch... recorded four 100-yard games, including a career-best 181 yards on eight catches vs. Southern Illinois... averaged 86.6 yards per conference game, ranking second in the league... scored five receiving touchdowns... caught a pair of touchdown passes at Stephen F. Austin... set a school record with a 98-yard touchdown reception from Steve LaFalce at Illinois State... caught a career-high nine passes against Missouri State... enters the season having caught a pass in 12 straight games... named to the honorable mention Gateway All-Conference Team.

SOPHOMORE (2004): Recorded seven receptions for 152 yards with two touchdowns... recorded a personal best 64 yard reception against Hampton for his first touchdown of the season... also recorded a touchdown on a 29-yard reception against Quincy.

REDSHIRT-FRESHMAN (2003): Caught one pass for seven yards against Northern Iowa... saw action in nine games.

FRESHMAN (2002): Redshirted

HIGH SCHOOL: Earned two letters in football as a quarterback... selected to play in the all-star game... named team MVP twice.. also lettered in basketball and track... was the city's number one runner in the 100-meter dash and placed second in the 200... was an A-B honor roll student.

PERSONAL: Son of Michael Thomas and Vivian Anderson... born November 27, 1983... earned a bachelor's degree in summer 2006 in law enforcement and justice administration.

RUSHING                G   Att    Yds  TD  Lg Avg/C Avg/G
2003................ 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
2004................ 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
2005................ 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
2006................ 11 2 22 1 18 11.0 2.0
TOTAL............... 43 2 22 1 18 11.0 0.5

RECEIVING G Rec Yds TD Lg Rec/G Avg/C Avg/G
2003................ 10 1 7 0 7 0.1 7.0 0.7
2004................ 11 7 152 2 64 0.6 21.7 13.8
2005................ 11 43 794 5 98 3.9 18.5 72.2
2006................ 11 58 738 4 64 5.3 12.7 67.1
TOTAL............... 43 109 1691 11 98 2.5 15.5 39.3
ALL PURPOSE            G  Rush   Rec    PR    KR    IR  Total Avg/G
2003................ 10 0 7 0 0 0 7 0.7
2004................ 11 0 152 0 0 0 152 13.8
2005................ 11 0 794 0 0 0 794 72.2
2006................ 11 22 738 0 5 0 765 69.5
TOTAL............... 43 22 1691 0 5 0 1718 40.0
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