Running Back
Height 5'10"
Weight 190
Year Junior
Hometown Knoxville, Tenn.
High School Farragut H.S.
Major Enrolled at Columbia College
Experience 2 Letters
School: CC
Birthdate December 30, 1997




Has seen action in 19 career games with seven starts at running back … Scored three rushing touchdowns and totaled 419 rushing yards on 126 career carries and also caught five passes for 23 yards … Two-year letterman.




Started seven of 10 games played at running back … Also saw significant playing time on special teams … Ranked No. 2 on the squad in rushing as he gained 312 yards on 92 carries and scored one touchdown with a long run of 21 yards … Also caught four passes for 22 yards … Ranked third on squad in total offense with 312 yards and fifth in all-purpose yardage with 334 (312 rushing, 22 receiving) … Made three tackles on special teams … Made career-high two tackles and rushed for 19 yards at Cornell (Nov. 11) … Rushed for 34 yards on 14 carries at Dartmouth (Oct. 21) … Rushed for 40 yards on 10 carries vs. Penn (Oct. 14) … Ran for career-long 21 yard run, 42 total yards on 13 carries and caught one pass for nine yards at Marist (Oct. 7) … Rushed an 11-yard touchdown and a career-high 58 yards on 15 carries at Princeton (Sept. 30) … Rushed for 49 yards on 12 carries vs. Georgetown (Sept. 23) … Rushed for 48 yards on 16 carries and caught two passes for 13 yards in season opener vs. Wagner (Sept. 16).




Saw action in nine games as a first-year … Ranked fourth on the squad in rushing with 107 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries (3.1 yards per carry) and caught one pass for one yard and ranked third on the team in kickoff return yardage (130 yards on seven returns) with a long of 30 yards … Scored touchdown on one-yard run at Brown (Nov. 19) … Scored first career touchdown, a two-yard carry vs. Cornell (Nov. 12) … Totaled 68 all-purpose yards, rushed for a career-high 26 yards on seven carries and returned two kicks for 42 yards vs. Dartmouth (Oct. 22) … Totaled 70 all-purpose yards including 18 yards on three carries and 52 kick return yards on two returns at Penn (Oct. 15) … Rushed for 17 yards on six carries vs. Princeton (Oct. 1) … Ran for 19 yards on five carries and caught a pass for one yard in first career action of season opener vs. Saint Francis U (Sept. 17).




A 2016 graduate of Farragut High School in Knoxville, Tenn., where he played three years of varsity football for head coach Eddie Courtney … Earned Tennessee Sportswriters Association Class 5A All-State First Team honors … Earned All-Region 3-5A honors … Named to the Knoxville News-Sentinel All-Area Team … Selected to play in the 2016 Kentucky/Tennessee Border Bowl All-Star Game … Saw action at both running back and strong safety … Over three-year, 33-game varsity career, rushed for 5,013 yards and 64 touchdowns (151.9 yards per game) on 717 carries … Averaged 7.0 yards per carry over his career … Concluded career with 20 100-yard rushing games … Averaged 8.0 yards per carry, rushed for 2,036 yards and 29 touchdowns on 253 carries, totaled 2,476 all-purpose yards during his senior season … Led state in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns … Rushed for at least 100 yards and scored at least one touchdown in all 12 games and two more TDs in 11 of 12 contests … Closed out career with 16 consecutive 100-yard rushing games and 18 straight games with at least one touchdown … Earned Offensive Player of the Week honors several times … Rushed for 182 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries vs. Rhea County … Rushed for a career-high 292 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries vs. Clinton … Rushed for 193 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries vs. Lenoir City … Rushed for 184 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries vs. Karns … Rushed for three touchdowns vs. Campbell County … Averaged 17.1 yards per carry, rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries, along with a career-long 90-yard TD vs. South-Doyle … Rushed for 189 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries vs. Oak Ridge … Scored four touchdowns in season opener vs. Powell … Led the Admirals to a 10-2 overall record, 5-0 league record, league title and state playoff appearance as a senior … Rushed for 1,469 yards and 23 touchdowns on 245 carries, caught 12 passes for 86 yards as a junior … Had eight 100-yard rushing games … Rushed for a season-high 217 yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries vs. William Blount … Rushed for a season-high six touchdowns and 125 yards vs. Bearden … Rushed for 161 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries vs. Heritage … Rushed for 173 yards and three touchdowns on 37 carries vs. West … Rushed for 184 yards and two TDs on 21 carries … Led Admirals to state playoff appearance and 4-6 record as a junior … Rushed for 1,508 yards and 12 touchdowns on 219 carries in 11 games while leading the Admirals to a state playoff appearance and 6-5 record as a sophomore … Rushed for a season-high 218 yards and two TDs on 28 carries vs. Lenoir City … Rushed for 191 yards on 19 carries and a TD vs. Oak Ridge … Rushed for 166 yards on 25 carries vs. Fulton … Ranked a three-star recruit and the state’s No. 45 player by 247sports … Rated a two-star recruit by Rivals … A three-time Student Athlete Award of Merit recipient … Also participated in baseball and track and field.




Born Tanner Wade Thomas on December 30, 1997 … Son of Jeff LaRue and Kimala Thomas LaRue … Committed to Columbia on July 28, 2015 … Chose Columbia for not only the academic perspective, but the football perspective … Chose Columbia over offers from Cincinnati, Yale, Penn and Morehead State and interest from Appalachian State, Miami, Ohio, Middle Tennessee State, Ohio and Western Kentucky … Enrolled at Columbia College … Plans to major in economics.

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Highlight: Tanner Thomas Touchdown
Highlight: Tanner Thomas Touchdown Run