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Boise State Roster Countdown 2021: Day 6, CT Thomas

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 06 Marshall at Boise State Photo by Douglas Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Oh geez, we’re under a week now. How’d that happen?! Hey, we’ll take it. With 6 days(!) until kickoff, I give you #6 on the Boise State roster—CT Thomas

#6, CT Thomas, 5th year senior, WR


Height: 5’8”

Weight: 175 lbs

High School: Lancaster High School, Lancaster, TX

How’d he get to the Blue™?

We’ve built a pretty solid relationship with the state of Texas and Thomas is a product of that. A 3-star recruit and ranked the 5th best receiver in the Dallas area by the Dallas Morning News, CT (previously known as “Cartrell”) had a bevy of offers, including Utah, Illinois, Texas Tech and Colorado to name a few. He passed on all of them to bleed blue.



I mean, he actually kinda already goes by his nickname if you think about it (see: Completely NOT made up fact)


Murtaugh. Senior CT looking like he’s had enough of this @#$%

Career Highlights

Named to the 2021 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List. PFF Preseason All-Mountain West Third Team for 2021. Athlon Preseason All-Mountain West Fourth Team for 2021. 2020 All-Mountain West Honorable Mention. Played in all 7 games for the Broncos in 2020, with five starts. Had career-long TD reception of 75 yards against Air Force in 2020. Played in 13 games for the Broncos in 2019, with two starts. Played in 13 games for the Broncos in 2018, with six starts. Appeared in all 14 games for the Broncos in 2017. As a senior at Lancaster, he caught 60 passes for 1,205 yards and 15 TDs. As a junior, he caught 54 passes for 943 yards and 11 TDs.

2021 Prospectus

Khalil Shakir gets a bit more pub, but Thomas has been a rock on the Boise State offense since his true freshman year. A true “chain-mover”—it seems like whenever the Broncos find themselves behind the sticks, they can count on CT to get them out of their jam and this is why I think he’s still actually one of the more underrated stars on the Bronco roster. CT’s yardage dipped a bit last season, but there were extenuating circumstances, obviously...and based on his average per catch jumping all the way to 17.4 yards and his per-game yardage average jumping to 49.6, it’s fair to say that his 2020 might have been rather special had the Broncos not been caught in a vicious Covid cycle. So, with that said...I think CT’s special season was just a tad delayed as his super senior year sees him put it all together for an all-conference type of season. CT didn’t have to return for a 5th season, but the way the Broncos’ 2020 played out didn’t sit right with him (or others), so he’s returning for another shot at glory. I think that hunger helps the Broncos produce another title run in ‘21 and sends Thomas off to the next chapter in his life on a high note.

Is he on Twitter?

Yes, but Joe Frazier didn’t have these kind of hops.

Completely NOT made up fact

“CT” actually is not an abbreviation of his first and middle name, as is often the case (and it also doesn’t signal an affinity for the Connecticut post marks). It actually stands for “Cold Titan” a nickname given to him during youth football. That’s cold.