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Grandmother’s legacy motivates St. Mary’s LB/RB

Tim Thomas III competes at the Game-Fit Sacramento Combine on Oct. 24, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Tim Thomas III competes at the Game-Fit Sacramento Combine on Oct. 24, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

In 2015, St. Mary’s junior linebacker and running back Tim Thomas III lost a family member dear to his heart.

Thomas’ grandmother passed away. She was someone who always told him what his capabilities were. What his potential was. How far he could go in life.

And her spirit lives on in Thomas forever, providing motivation for him every day.

“She told me I could be great, and that’s what I’m pushing for,” Thomas said.

Playing a sport that’s been around for much of his life, Thomas always longed for success, and the results came quick.

As an eighth grader, Thomas’ team made it to the championship game. Another player suffered an injury, so Thomas took charge and dominated, rushing for 217 yards in the biggest game of the year.

“I was like I could really be good at this if I put my heart into it, and that’s what I’ve been doing,” Thomas said.

Once Thomas arrived at St. Mary’s, the dominance only continued.

A powerful and quick player, Thomas’ skillset was a critical asset for one of the region’s premier squads. Thomas was unabated to the backfield numerous time in the form of two sacks, 50 tackles – 22nd-most among all sophomores in the Sac-Joaquin Section, according to statistics available on MaxPreps – alongside one blocked field goal and then one rushing touchdown to garner Second Team All-Tri-City Athletic League recognition.

With Thomas in the fray, St. Mary’s captured a league crown and was a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinalist.

Although no colleges have offered Thomas yet, he’s been in contact with a number of colleges during the process.

“I think at the beginning of my sophomore year I wasn’t really talking to any schools, but as I had been progressing and going to more camps and just working I’ve been getting letters and stuff on Twitter, so that should be good for me,” Thomas said.

Through this extended offseason, Thomas continues pushing himself to greater heights ahead of his upcoming junior campaign. 

Attending various camps, he’s worked on improving his game all around and becoming the most coachable player possible.

“I feel like I’ve gotten a lot stronger, faster,” Thomas said. “I feel like if I just learned a lot from my position in my team, I’d become a good leader and stuff.”

As Thomas’ work pays more dividends, he’s aiming high for the 2021 winter/spring football season.

“Goals for myself I want to lead the state in tackles, and then for my team I just want to go as far as we can go, help my team get in anything we can,” Thomas said. “That’s all.”

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