2019 NFL Draft Prospect Spotlight: Maurice Thomas, Wide Receiver, Alderson Broaddus University
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Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for the time, Maurice. Tell us about yourself?
Maurice Thomas: I was born and raised in Central Florida 1 brother and 2 sisters. Got heavy into football very early. I grew up around it, so from a very early age I’ve always been competitive. Played 3 years at Lake Brantley High and Transferred to Lake Howell my senior year. Ended up getting my scholarship to Webber international where I met some great people but wanted to seek higher levels of competition. I got my chance at a D2 my junior year and started 7 games and had a phenomenal senior year. I ended up being invited to the FCS bowl where I finally got to play at the D1 level and I believe I really proved that I can play with the best of the best. Here I am now chasing my dream.
Justin David Kish: You played college football at Alderson Broaddus University. Tell us about your time at Alderson Broaddus?
Maurice Thomas: I was recruited by Coach Cambell who’s now at Penn State. I came in having to adapt to the cold weather, being in FL my whole life didn’t help. I met some great coaches and teammates that I grinned those cold winters with. I was lucky enough to have two great offensive coordinators in Coach Mccormick & Coach Lewis who had a game plan for anything and everything. I definitely feel like I made the best of my opportunities. Being selected all-conference 4x and all-region in just my two years there.
Justin David Kish: During your career, you were coached by head coach Salvatore Dewalt and receivers coach Adam Wattenbarger. What did you learn from the Alderson coaching staff and how did they improve you as a player?
Maurice Thomas: I actually learned a lot but at AB they put more emphasis on your character and building their players into men. Being a player and a professional, the most important thing is the intangibles. Your manners, your work ethic, things like being on time definitely translate to the field. That’s what I took away most from my experience with them.
Justin David Kish: Playing in the G-MAC (Great Midwest Conference) you played tough conference games against Tiffin, Malone and Walsh University. What is one game in your career that really took you to your limits?
Maurice Thomas: Malone was really high scoring game. We went down big in the first half and need to fight back and have an answer after every drive. Responding to adversity was the best thing about that game and my team as well as myself performed highly.
Justin David Kish: Being a wide receiver you played against some of the toughest defensive backs in the FCS. Who was the toughest player you ever played against?
Maurice Thomas: I couldn’t give an honest answer to that playing in the G-MAC was a little challenging but I’m always searching for higher competition. I didn’t struggle much against anyone and I say that very humbly.
Justin David Kish: You created many memories with your teammates but what is one memory that stands out from the rest?
Maurice Thomas: Probably the community service event giving out backpacks and school supplies to the kids. Then we started up a basketball game 5v5, seeing the smiles gives me an unreal joy. Seeing everyone in that small community rally together for a great cause is something I’ll never forget.
Justin David Kish: What does it mean to be an Alderson Broaddus Battler?
Maurice Thomas: Standing and fighting through good and bad times with those around you. Standing strong through adversity no matter the case. Being tough and always putting up a fight.
Justin David Kish: You are now shifting your focus on professional football. How are you currently preparing yourself for your upcoming pro day and other pro opportunities?
Maurice Thomas: I’m trying to attend as many bowls as possible. I’ve been invited to a few (the Aztec, FCS, FAF, Podiyum All-Star). Also hoping to play in the FBS Tropical Bowl in January. I’ve been training with Hunter Wood for years at The Athletic Factory. I feel like everyone in FL should check out his program if their serious about being great. He always gets me right.
Justin David Kish: You are finishing up the FCS Bowl. What did you learn from the coaches and players and what teams have you spoke to?
Maurice Thomas: Every interaction and every section to you have is a part of the interview for that professional job. Everything from the way to talk to your body language there’s always someone watching and observing.
Justin David Kish: What are your pre-draft measurables?
Maurice Thomas: I was hoping to be 5’8 but they have me at 5’7.5 170. But I’ll be back up to 180 in no time.
Justin David Kish: What would your coaches say the type of player you are?
Maurice Thomas: A dangerous one haha and very versatile. I’ve been called a Swiss Army knife because I can move to the outside play in the slot and even he put in the backfield. Not to mention going out there and returning kicks you never know what’s going to happen.
Justin David Kish: When watching game film what do you watch for?
Maurice Thomas: First is effort I hang my head on not giving effort on some plays. Second, alignment and assignment. Did I line up right, did I run the right route/ block the right person. Third is execution. Okay now did I do my job, did I finish the run, the catch, or the block.
Justin David Kish: When you look at your game style what are your biggest strengths and what is one are you are improving on?
Maurice Thomas: My speed and quickness. I’ve played a ton of opponents and being shifty and agile was always the upper hand for me.
Justin David Kish: Name a point in your career where you overcame adversity and what did you learn from the experience?
Maurice Thomas: I felt like failure hit me right before the end of my high school career. I received my first potential offer from FIU. The coach told me I just needed a 20 on the ACT. The night before the test was grad bash a senior party that I chose to go to and didn’t get back until 4 a.m. I didn’t get enough sleep before the test and got a 19. They offered the next guy from a school a few miles down the road. Everything slipped and I was left with no offers. I never slacked off after that, I graduated with a 3.6 GPA. Made the most of my opportunities at an NAIA school and was offered by a D2 years later. My stats doubled every year and seeing that improvement gives me satisfaction that hard work pays off.
Justin David Kish: Do you have the ability to command the players around you?
Maurice Thomas: I wouldn’t say command but I’m one to lead by example and I can definitely rally the guys behind me if need be. Usually when I speak I’m heard and it’s something important. Or really funny.
Justin David Kish: How do you stand out from the rest of the draft-eligible receivers?
Maurice Thomas: One thing I pride myself on is the intangibles. My character is something I hold on to dearly, and a team would never have to worry about misconduct. I’ve never had a drink or done a drug. I treat everyone with respect and I’m a competitor I’ve never had a teammate who didn’t like me when it came to getting better.
Justin David Kish: Outside of football, what does a typical day off look like for you?
Maurice Thomas: Don’t really believe in days off. I have to watch the slightest bit of film on myself it’s always on my mind. But some video games with friends and chill night with my girl sounds great for an off day. Oh, and a chipotle bowl can’t forget that.
Justin David Kish: In the next couple of questions I am going to put you on the line. My first question, if you could compare yourself to any current NFL wide receiver who would it be and why?
Maurice Thomas: Thats an easy one Tyreek Hill. We share a crazy amount of speed can make the catch in traffic and create separation when needed. Also being big special teams threats you never know what you’re gonna get. He’s a phenomenal player.
Justin David Kish: My final question. If I was an NFL General Manager why should I draft Maurice Thomas?
Maurice Thomas: Because he’s a man of character who displays great talent on and off the field. Prides himself on being better and making those around him better at what they do. He brings value to the to the team.