April 10, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - - University of Louisville wide receivers coach Lamar Thomas will be one of eight former Miami Hurricane legends that will be inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame during its 46th induction banquet Thursday at Jungle Island in Coral Gables, Fla.
Thomas was one of the most electrifying and wide receivers in Miami history, playing from 1989-92.
A two-time (1991 and 1992) all-BIG EAST wide receiver, Thomas left the Hurricanes' program as the school's all-time leader in receptions with 144, but now stands second behind long-time NFL standout Reggie Wayne of the Indianapolis Colts. Thomas is second in touchdown receptions with 22 and fourth in receiving yards with 2,271. He led the Canes in receiving touchdowns in 1991 and 1992, and his 10 touchdowns in 1992 are the third-highest in school history.
He established a UM record with three touchdown receptions against Texas Tech - since tied twice. Lamar had a penchant for big catches in big games, most notably his seven receptions for 107 yards and the winning touchdown against Florida State in 1992.
Following his outstanding collegiate career, Thomas was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he played three seasons (1993-95), before finishing his career with the Miami Dolphins (1996-2000). Despite injuries in his final two seasons, Thomas recorded 43 receptions for 603 yards and five touchdowns with the Dolphins in his final season of play.
"Lamar was such a dynamic player when he starred at the University of Miami," head coach Bobby Petrino said. "I'm proud of the career he had as a player, but I'm more proud of how he has developed as a coach on my staff. He is a terrific young man and I'm happy he is able to achieve such an esteemed honor."
Thomas joined Petrino's Louisville's staff this season after working last year as the wide receivers coach at Western Kentucky. While with the Hilltoppers, Thomas' wide receivers were key components in WKU setting single-season school records for passing yardage as well as total offense. Wide receivers Willie McNeal and Joel German enjoyed career seasons, catching 46 and 26 passes, respectively. McNeal eclipsed the 100-catch mark for his career in 2013 as well as the 1,000-yard mark.