UD Football BIO
28 Thomas Jefferson

Third-year member of the squad as a sophomore running back • coming off one of the top single season efforts ever by a rookie back in UD history • one of the top returning runners in the Colonial Athletic Association • All-CAA and All-American candidate • joins senior Jalen Randolph, junior Wes Hills, and sophomore Kareem Williams to give Delaware one of the most potent backfield combinations in the country • big, explosive running back with great speed • needs just 110 yards to become the 58th player in Delaware history to reach the 1,000-yard mark • rushed for 30 yards in Blue-White spring game in May • one of the team's most charismatic players.

Took advantage of injuries to starters Wes Hills and Jalen Randolph and proved to be one of the top running backs in the CAA • earned CAA Co-Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, becoming first UD offensive player to be honored with that award since Andrew Pierce in 2010 • finished 14th in voting for the STATS FCS Freshman Player of the Year Award • selected to CFPA FCS National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List • played in 11 games with seven starts and rushed for team-highs of 890 yards, 178 carries (5.0 avg.), and seven touchdowns • 890 rushing yards were the second most in a season by a UD freshman (Pierce ran for 1,655 in 2010) • ranked No. 6 in the CAA in rushing yards (890), No. 6 in rushing yards per game (80.9/46th in NCAA), No. 7 in yards per carry (5.0), No. 9 in rushing touchdowns (7), and No. 10 in all-purpose yards per game (86.7) • helped team rank No. 2 in the CAA and 17th in the NCAA in rushing offense (219.4 yards per game) • ranked third on the team in receiving with 10 catches for 64 yards (6.4 avg.) • surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark three times and went over 50 yards eight times • ran for a season-high 174 yards on 28 carries vs. William & Mary, ran for 163 yards on 22 carries and scored twice at FBS North Carolina, including a 72-yard jaunt on UD's first place from scrimmage, and added a 120-yard effort on 28 carries against James Madison • also rushed for 98 yards and three touchdowns vs. New Hampshire • rushed for 337 yards in consecutive games vs. North Carolina and William & Mary, the ninth highest total in UD history • had five carries of 20+ yards during the season, including the 72-yarder vs. UNC (31st longest in UD history), 35 yards vs. Lafayette, and 23 yards vs. Villanova • earned ECAC (Eastern) Rookie of the Week vs. North Carolina, was CAA Rookie of the Week three times (vs. North Carolina, William & Mary, and New Hampshire), and was Blue Hen Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Week three times (vs. North Carolina, Rhode Island, Albany) • named to STATS National Rookie of the Week Honor Roll vs. North Carolina • carried the U.S. Flag onto the field prior to James Madison game • rushed 10 times for 35 yards in the Blue-White Spring Game in May. 

Did not see game action as team's No. 4 running back • retained freshman eligibility.

Earned second team All-State, first team All-Passaic County, first team all-league, and first team All-North Jersey honors as a running back at Passaic Tech in 2013 • played for head coach Matt Demerast • team captain • led team to three-year mark of 20-11, including 6-4 showings in 2011 and 2012 and an 8-3 record in 2013 in which the team advanced to the first round of the state playoffs • ran for 1,918 yards on 234 attempts with 20 touchdowns in 2013 • rushed for over 100 yards 10 times on the season with a season-high 348 yards and two touchdowns against Hackensack and 252 yards and two touchdowns against Passaic • ran for 888 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior in 2012 • picked up 485 yards and nine touchdowns rushing in 2011 • member of the Environment Club, Astronomy Club, and History Club • attended same high school as former Blue Hen standout and current Indianapolis Colts All-Pro safety Mike Adams.

Thomas Matthew Jefferson • born on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1995 • criminal justice major at Delaware • would like to pursue a career in the U.S. Secret Service • son of Thomas and Cathy Jefferson • youngest of five children • hobbies include running track and video games • cousin, Kory Blackwell, played in the NFL with the New York Giants and the Cleveland Browns • took part in APPLE Conference, a national training symposium dedicated to substance abuse prevention and health promotion for student-athletes and athletics administrators (Jan., 2016 in Grapevine, Tex.).


Year G/S Rushes
2016  11/5 140  700 5.0 6 45
2015 11/7 178 890
7 72
TOTALS 22/12 458 1,590 10.0 13 117


Year Receptions Yards Avg.
2016 8 89 11.1 0 38
2015 10 64 6.4 0 28
TOTALS 18 153 17.5 0

Rushing Yards
: 174 vs. William & Mary, 2015; 163 vs. North Carolina, 2015
Receptions: 3 vs. Rhode Island, 2015
Receiving Yards
: 41 vs. New Hampshire, 2015

Position: Running Back
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 210
Year: Redshirt Junior
Hometown: Prospect Park, N.J.
High School: Passaic Tech
Major: Criminal Justice
Experience: 2 Letters
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