• John Macon Gillespie

DQ Thomas Wants To Make Family Proud

While Oxford has been defined by their offense over the past few seasons, they will enter 2016 with one of the state's top defensive secondaries. The core group from 2015 returns with up and coming young play makers to help fill in the gaps.

Leading the way for the Charger defensive backs will be rising senior DQ Thomas.

Thomas was a force in the secondary in 2015. He totaled 97 tackles with two interceptions one of which he took to the house.

Thomas has hit the off season hard thus far and says it is all about making himself a better play so that he can help his team win in the fall.

"I'm working on getting bigger & faster," Thomas told SES Mississippi. "I'm doing just about anything that will make me a better athlete."

Thomas and the rest of his teammates will hit the field this year with a new head coach calling the shots. Former offensive assistant Chris Cutcliffe was named the new HC this past January. "It's great," Thomas expressed. "Coach Cutt is a really good guy that really wants you to succeed on and off the field."

Even with a solid defense returning, the Chargers will have massive shoes to fill on the offensive side of the ball left by 2015 Elite 10 members Jack Abraham and DeKaylin Metcalf. "I know it won't be easy," Thomas said. "I feel it's making everyone work twice as hard to get where we need to be." Thomas clearly loves the game and is focused on helping his team succeed in 2016. However, he says his number one reason for playing football is about making his family proud.

Thomas will take to the gridiron on April 30th at Itawamba Community College with many of his teammates to compete at the Fortius Project.

Thomas says he just wants to get in some good work and compete with his teammates.

**Photo by Keith Warren of the MHSAA.

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