Former Woodcreek star set to have standout senior year at Sacramento StateBy: Cameron Salerno
Being a multisport athlete in high school over the recent years has become a trend for athletes to earn scholarships. That’s exactly what Malcolm Thomas did while at Woodcreek High School.
Thomas is a 2015 graduate of Woodcreek, and during his time as a Timberwolf, played basketball and football for the school.
“Playing two sports at Woodcreek was an awesome experience,” Thomas confessed. “Football is the sport I’m currently playing, but playing basketball made me more agile and become an overall better athlete.”
As a basketball player, which was Thomas’ secondary sport, he played a key role and was a starter on the 2015 Northern California runner up team at Woodcreek, who just fell one game short of the state championship game.
“Playing basketball at Woodcreek was amazing,” Thomas said. “It was great, especially in my senior year when we made it to Sleep Train (Arena) for playoff games. The thing I miss most is the Black Mob and how they came out to almost every game. There is nothing like high school student sections.”
As a football player is where Thomas shined. Thomas was an All-League receiver and defensive back, good enough to earn a scholarship to local Sacramento State University.
“Football was super fun at Woodcreek,” Thomas explained. “Even though we weren’t as good as we wanted to be, I wouldn’t trade the experience for the world.”
When Thomas got to Sacramento State, he made the transition from defensive back, to linebacker and has played a key role in the Hornets’ turnaround in the Big Sky Conference.
“Transitioning from safety to linebacker was at first rough because I had never played that position before, and it was a lot to take in,” Thomas said. “I was just willing to play any position as long as it helped the team out. I love (playing linebacker) and I wish I played it sooner.”
Thomas, last season as a junior, had his best statistical year, racking up 23 tackles, 3 1/2 sacks and two interceptions, including a 15-yard pick-six versus Weber State.
This year, the Hornets will look to make a bigger jump in the Big Sky Conference. Sacramento State is coming off a successful winning season last year, going 7-4 as well as going 6-2 in conference play.
“The football program has grown tremendously since I’ve been here,” Thomas said. “We didn’t have the ideal seaons my first two years here, but over time the brotherhood as grown stronger, and because of that, we saw more success. I chose Sacramento State because the coaches and players made me feel welcomed as well as making me feel like a part of the family. It’s a bonus my parents get to come to every home game.”
Thomas and the Hornets will be hungry for a breakout year in 2018 in hopes to capture the Big Sky crown.
“We want to be the first football team to make the playoffs in school history in the Division I era,” Thomas said. “Our team goals are to win the three championships: the Causeway (Classic vs. UC Davis), the Big Sky and the National Championship.”