Several states and more than 1,600 miles separate junior CT Thomas from his hometown of Dallas, Texas. Before the wide receiver committed to play at Boise State, he knew nothing about Boise; over time, however, the city has become Thomas’s home.
“I only knew Boise State for the football,” Thomas said. “I came for my visit one day in February and just fell in love with the place. [Boise] has a great atmosphere, they have great coaches and a great community. I knew it was a great fit for me.”
Thomas’s football journey began long before his career at Boise State. He started playing organizational football at the age of five, but said he has been playing “since he can remember.” Before Thomas dedicated his time solely to football, he ran track and field and played basketball.
“I really liked track at first, until I got older. When you’re young, you have so much energy and you just want to run, but when I got older I realized that it’s a lot of running and I got tired,” Thomas said. “I realized how much I love football and how it was something I always wanted to do.”
Throughout Thomas’s life, he looked up to his uncle who inspired him in everything he did. Thomas comes from a long line of receivers, so his uncle was there to coach him through football.
“My uncle [has]been in my corner since I can remember. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be here today. He’s pushed me tremendously,” Thomas said. “He’s everything. All the skills I have, I got from him… my uncle pushed me to my best ability. I give my uncle all the credit.”
After Thomas graduated in 2017 from Lancaster High School, he came to Boise and played as a true freshman, quickly making a name for himself. In his first season, he played in all 14 games and made 15 catches for 121 yards. In Thomas’s sophomore season, he became a top target on the Broncos’ offense and hauled in his first college touchdown at the start of the season at Troy.
Now five games into his junior year, Thomas is still making plays. He and John Hightower are the only receivers on the roster that has broken over 100 yards twice. His first 100-yard game of the season — and of his college career — came at Florida State with 103 yards. His second came at home against Air Force, where he had a career-high 119 yards.
Thomas’s junior year has not only brought career highs, but also new leadership roles.
“CT has really matured and is one of those guys in the receiver room that is a leader. He’s got good energy and he brings that spark to both practice and games,” said offensive coordinator Zak Hill. “He’s got really good hands and our quarterbacks trust him, so getting the ball to him is easy. CT has done a great job preparing… as a coordinator, you feel lucky because you’ve got a lot of weapons in that room, you got a lot of guys that can get the ball, and CT is definitely one of them.”
In a receiver room that is made up of predominantly freshmen, Thomas has utilized his junior status as a way to lead the other receivers on the team.
“Watching him work every day, working toward the standards he’s set for himself, is amazing. He pays attention to detail and he wants to learn every day. He shows up with a working mentality,” said senior wide receiver Akilian Butler. “He’s grown as a leader. He’s stepping up and taking that older guy role. Not only is he holding himself to a higher standard, he’s holding the other receivers to a higher standard, and he’s being more vocal.”
Thomas says his family, teammates and his love for football motivate him to do great things on and off the field, and Thomas’s family just got a little bigger. He welcomed his daughter, Taytum Thomas, into the world in late September.