2011: Played in nine games for the Nittany Lions last season and made four tackles.
2010: Played in the initial four games, recording three tackles, one interception and two pass breakups...Made two tackles and grabbed his first career interception against Kent State...Saw action on 124 snaps on defense and special teams, topped by 49 against the Golden Flashes.
High School: As a senior for Coach Tom Green at Eleanor Roosevelt HS, Thomas earned all-state, all-county and all-conference honors...A standout cornerback and running back, he ran for 923 yards and scored 16 touchdowns during his senior season...A Rivals.com four-star recruit, he recorded 43 tackles and five interceptions as a senior.
Personal: Full name is Derrick Linwood Thomas. He is a communication arts and sciences major. Born March 7, 1991.