Perhaps the most versatile skill position player on the UAB team?with his athletic ability and speed, Thatch can play running back or receiver and is an outstanding kick returner ?1999:
Played in 10 games and started seven...played the majority of his snaps at flanker in 1999?had 173 rushing yards on 40 carries 19 pass receptions for 178 yards and a touchdown (vs. Houston, 9/25), and 424 kickoff return yards including an 85-yarder vs. Wake Forest (10/23 )?Thatch began the season as a backup at the running back position, Ross was injured in the Houston game...he returned to the backup slot at running back for the Louisville game (10/30)...ran for a career high 75 yards vs. Louisiana Tech (11/13) -- 73 of which came in the first quarter (he spent part of the game sidelined with an injury)?1998:
Saw action in all 11 games and started one contest...made first collegiate start vs. nationally-ranked Virginia Tech ...had 13 carries for 173 yards and three touchdowns on the season ...averaged 13.3 yards per carry ...scored first collegiate touchdown with 57-yard run vs. Tennessee Tech (9/19)...had six carries for 56 yards and two touchdowns vs. UT Martin (11/21)...Moved to running back from cornerback during spring practice ?1997:
Saw action in all 11 games, primarily on special teams...had nine tackles (six solo and three assists)...had season-high three tackles in collegiate debut at Kansas (8/28)?1996:
Sat out the season for academic reasons?HIGH SCHOOL:
Four-year letterwinner for Coach Jimmy Nave at Tanner High School ...two-time Honorable-Mention All-State...three-time All-County and All-Area...two-time Most Valuable Defensive Back...also three-year letterwinner in basketball and track ...two-time state champion in 100 meters...also won state titles in 200 meters and 400 meters...twice voted All-Purpose Man of the Year?PERSONAL:
Born Nov. 19, 1977, in Decatur, Ala. ...son of Vera T. Omaker...cousin, Jeffery Hammonds, is a major league baseball player... another cousin, Reggie Hammonds, played college football at Northwestern...a criminal justice major with a community health education minor.