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3 DAYS TO 2020 KICKOFF: Kiondre Thomas

In which BracketCat counts down the third day until the 2020 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State defensive back Kiondre Thomas.

#3 Allen Chapman
Graduate transfer cornerback Kiondre Thomas may be the first K-State defensive back to wear the No. 3 jersey since Allen Chapman (3) in 2012.
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#3 Kiondre Thomas

Redshirt Senior | 6-0 | 186 lbs. | Fort Smith, Arkansas
Kiondre Thomas
Kiondre Thomas
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • Previous College: University of Minnesota
  • Projection: Co-Starter
  • Status: On Scholarship

Kiondre Thomas (b. Feb. 7, 1998) is a graduate transfer cornerback who played in 32 games with 16 starts at Minnesota, totaling 75 tackles, two tackles for loss, one interception and seven pass breakups over his three years with the Golden Gophers.

His extensive Power 5 experience is an obvious bonus as he remains locked in a battle with Lance Robinson for the starting corner spot opposite AJ Parker on the first depth chart.

Thomas redshirted in 2016 and played in nine games in 2017 with six starts as he recorded 21 tackles on the year. He had a season-high six tackles against Maryland, while he had five in his first career game against Buffalo.

Thomas then played in 10 games in 2018 with six starts, including a start in the Gophers’ Quick Lane Bowl victory over Georgia Tech. He recorded 34 tackles and four pass breakups, knocking away two passes against both New Mexico State and Purdue.

Thomas had a season-high seven tackles against both New Mexico State and Ohio State, the latter featuring a tackle for loss, and he also had five stops at Nebraska.

He played in all 13 games in 2019, including four starts, as he made 22 tackles, collected an interception and defended four total passes.

Thomas tallied a career-high eight tackles against South Dakota State; made his first career interception at Fresno State; had pass breakups against Purdue, Rutgers and Maryland; and tallied four tackles at Purdue and Rutgers, while he had a tackle for loss against Nebraska.

He prepped under head coach Mike Falleur at Northside High School in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where he earned all-state honors after totaling 63 tackles, 18 pass breakups, two forced fumbles and six interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown.

Thomas also added six touchdowns on offense, accumulating three rushing touchdowns and three receiving scores. He returned a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns in high school and also completed in track.