NEW HAVEN, Conn. - University of Connecticut senior wide receiver Noel Thomas, Jr. (Norwalk, Conn.) has been named the 2016 Connecticut Player of the Year Award winner by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. The award is presented annually to the top college football player in the country who played high school football in Connecticut. Thomas played at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, Conn.
Thomas will receive the award at the group’s Annual National Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at the Yale University Dining Commons in New Haven.
Thomas becomes the fourth Husky to win the award joining Dan Orlovsky (2003 and 2004), Carl Bond (1998) and Glenn Antrum (1988).
Thomas was a second team All-American Athletic Conference pick this season and also earned All-New England for the second-straight season and All-ECAC honors. Thomas received the Bulger Lowe Award from the Gridiron Club of Boston as the top player in New England.
Thomas will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., with kickoff at 4 p.m. Eastern time. The game will be televised on FS1.
Thomas led UConn in receiving this season with a school single-season record 100 receptions for 1,179 yards, which was second. For his career, Thomas had 183 receptions, which is fourth in school history, for 2,235 yards, eighth in school history.
Thomas is fifth in the country in receptions per game at 8.3 and third in the American Athletic Conference. He is also 15th in the country receiving yards per game at 98.3.