The Panthers return seven starters on defense
Tino Sunseri passed for 185 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
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2014: Played in all 13 games, starting 11 at Will linebacker...did not start against Akron or Virginia Tech when the Panthers opened up in a nickel package...team's second-leading tackler with a career-high 73 stops...added 5.5 TFLs, three PBUs, one interception (against Delaware) and one fumble recovery (Syracuse)...collected a career-high 15 tackles against Georgia Tech...had 12 stops and an assisted TFL at Virginia...had seven tackles (all solo) with a career-high three TFLs at North Carolina.
2013: Played in all 13 games, starting 10 at Will linebacker...finished as Pitt's fourth-leading tackler with 72 stops and was third with six TFLs...had a career-high 12 tackles at Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech...totaled 10 stops with a career-high two TFLs (losses totaling eight yards) vs. New Mexico...had seven tackles and a three-yard TFL in Pitt's Little Caesars Pizza Bowl victory over Bowling Green.
2012: Played in the final nine games, starting seven contests at Will linebacker...missed the first four games of the year due to his recovery from offseason left knee surgery...totaled 59 tackles, 1.5 sacks, five pass breakups, one interception and one blocked punt (which he recovered in the end zone for a TD vs. Louisville)...twice had a season-high 11 tackles (Buffalo and Notre Dame)...turned back a USF scoring threat with an INT at the Pitt 5 and returned it 33 yards.
2012: Played in the final nine games, starting seven contests at Will linebacker...missed the first four games of the year due to his recovery from offseason left knee surgery...totaled 59 tackles, 1.5 sacks, five pass breakups, one interception and one blocked punt (which he recovered in the end zone for a TD vs. Louisville)...twice had a career-high 11 tackles (Buffalo and Notre Dame)...turned back a USF scoring threat with an INT at the Pitt 5 and returned it 33 yards.
2011: Played in 10 games, starting six at outside linebacker...missed three games due to left knee injury (Rutgers, Utah and BBVA Compass Bowl vs. SMU)...had 47 tackles, four TFLs, 1.5 sacks, one INT and one forced fumble...had a season-high eight tackles at Iowa...had seven tackles vs. Cincinnati and his first career INT that he returned 39 yards to the Bearcats' four-yard line to set up Pitt's first TD...had five tackles (all solo), a 10-yard sack and a forced fumble vs. Syracuse...had a sack assist vs. Connecticut.
2010: Redshirted as a true freshman...sustained a left knee injury in early October that resulted in surgery.
PREP SCHOOL: Spent the 2009 season at Milford (N.Y.) Academy...rated the No. 4 prep school prospect in the country by Rivals...was named Milford's Most Valuable Defensive Player after compiling 66 tackles, 12 pass breakups and four interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, as a starting safety...helped the Falcons to an 8-5 record against a schedule comprised primarily of collegiate competition...played under Milford coach Bill Chaplick.
HIGH SCHOOL: A highly accomplished athlete at Beaver Falls...rated one of the country's top 100 prospects by Tom Lemming (No. 68)...named a Tom Lemming and PrepStar All-American...earned praise for his play at running back, wide receiver, defensive back and linebacker...three-year Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AA All-State Team honoree at three different positions...his senior year Thomas earned first team all-state as a receiver...was a second-team all-state running back his junior year and a first-team all-state defensive back as a sophomore...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Male Athlete of the Year for 2008-09...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"...Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"...three-time "Top 22" selection on both offense and defense by the coaches in the Midwestern Athletic Conference...compiled 2,786 rushing yards on 366 carries (7.6 avg.) and scored 53 total touchdowns for his career...rushed for 865 yards on 121 carries (7.1 avg.) and caught 21 passes for 557 yards (26.5 avg.) as a senior...led his team to a 12-1 record his final year, including a berth in the WPIAL Class AA title game...rated the No. 6 prospect in Pennsylvania by Rivals and No. 18 by SuperPrep...SuperPrep All-Northeast Team...played under Beaver Falls coach Ryan Matsook...finished his heralded basketball career with 2,063 points to rank 22nd on the WPIAL's all-time scoring list...averaged 18.5 points and 9.3 rebounds as a senior...was a three-time selection to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AA All-State Team in basketball...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review basketball "Terrific 10"...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous Five"...selected to play in the Roundball Classic basketball all-star game...medaled in two events at the 2009 WPIAL Class AA Track and Field Championships...was a member of the WPIAL champion 400-meter relay team and the WPIAL runner-up in the long jump (22-10.25).
PERSONAL: Todd Robert Lee Thomas, born 4/27/91, is the son of Jodie Thomas-Brown and Lionel Craft...has one brother...mother was a standout track and basketball athlete at Beaver Falls and Central Dauphin High...cousin Todd Pipkin was a defensive end at Pitt (1987-90)...also has two cousins who were Division I college basketball players, Gabe Jackson (Robert Morris) and Chris Pipkin (Eastern Michigan)...administration of justice major.
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