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- Cedric Thatch
Cedric Thatch

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Tanner, Ala.

High School:
Tanner

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 190

Position:
Running Back

Birthdate:
11/19/1977

Experience:
3VL



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.