Ex-Minnesota RB announces transfer to Big 12 program
Former Minnesota running back Ky Thomas has decided to continue his college football career a little closer to home. On Saturday, the ex-Gopher announced his transfer destination.
Thomas will be heading back home to Kansas, where he’ll suit up for the Jayhawks next season. The running back hit the NCAA transfer portal following the 2021 season. He made his announcement with a post on Twitter.
Thomas will still have three seasons of eligibility to use at Kansas. He was a 3-star member of Minnesota’s 2020 recruiting class, ranking as the No. 410 overall prospect and No. 28 running back for his cycle, per 247Sports.
— 8️⃣ (@Ky_Thomas) January 16, 2022
Because of injuries to Mohamed Ibrahim and Trey Potts, Thomas took on an increased role in the Minnesota backfield during the 2021 season. Thanks to his efforts, the Gophers enjoyed a 9-4 season — which included a win over Wisconsin.
Thomas ended the season as Minnesota’s leading rusher, totaling 824 yards and 6 touchdowns on 166 carries. His best outing came in the Golden Gophers’ Guaranteed Rate Bowl victory over West Virginia, piling up 144 yards and a touchdown in the 18-6 win.
Thomas exceeded the 100-yard mark five times during the 2021 campaign.
News that Thomas was entering the transfer portal came as a surprise after the freshman enjoyed such an outstanding season. But with both Ibrahim and Potts returning for 2022, there’s a good chance he’d be buried on the depth chart again.